Best Places to Live in South Dakota

Find your perfect city, here.

What you need to know about South Dakota

The Missouri River divides South Dakota into two distinct halves, known to residents as simply East River and West River. While Mount Rushmore draws thousands of tourists to South Dakota each year, the state’s natural resources, low cost of living and thriving economy lure new residents. Agriculture, tourism and national defense anchor the economy in South Dakota. Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton are among the best places to live in South Dakota.

Population

834,708
Up by 5%
best places for new years resolutions
Best Places to Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions
Whether you've vowed to exercise more or spend less, these cities will help you keep your resolutions.
5 Best Things to Do in Rapid City, SD
Rapid City offers great fun for the whole family.
A herd of buffalo crosses the road at Custer State Park near Rapid City.
Eight Reasons to Move to Rapid City, SD
Gorgeous natural beauty and plenty of things to do and see – what’s not to love about this thriving Western city?
Spearfish Creek
Why Spearfish, SD, Is a Top 100 Best Small Town
Spearfish offers natural attractions, quality health care to residents
Children plan on an old fire truck in Spearfish, SD.
Seven Things to Do in Spearfish, SD
Adventure, scenery, culture top a diverse list
Brookings, S.D. Hopes to Be First Breastfeeding-Friendly City
Brookings, S.D. Hopes to Become First "Breastfeeding-Friendly" City in the U.S.

Housing

Homes Owned 68%
68% Complete
Homes Rented 32%
32% Complete

Median Home Price

$135,700
Higher than the national average

Median Household Income

$50,338
Lower than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 27%
27% Complete
Graduated High School 91%
91% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

More About South Dakota Cities

Best Places to Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions
Whether you've vowed to exercise more or spend less, these cities will help you keep your resolutions.

5 Best Things to Do in Rapid City, SD
Rapid City offers great fun for the whole family.

Eight Reasons to Move to Rapid City, SD
Gorgeous natural beauty and plenty of things to do and see – what’s not to love about this thriving Western city?

Why Spearfish, SD, Is a Top 100 Best Small Town
Spearfish offers natural attractions, quality health care to residents

Seven Things to Do in Spearfish, SD
Adventure, scenery, culture top a diverse list

Brookings, S.D. Hopes to Be First Breastfeeding-Friendly City
Brookings, S.D. Hopes to Become First "Breastfeeding-Friendly" City in the U.S.

Why Sioux Falls, SD Is a Best Place to Live 2015
Sioux Falls residents enjoy a big-city mixture of culture, business and industry