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The 5 Safest Cities in South Dakota — 2016

Safest Cities in South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State conjures images of motorcycle gatherings in Sturgis, buffalo roaming the open prairie, and, of course, the immortalized stone visages of four of the nation’s most influential presidents. It’s also a safe and family-friendly place to call home. In fact, South Dakota was recently named the “Best State in America” by the Washington Post — an honor based on survey results that revealed that families make more time for each other in South Dakota than anywhere else in the country.

Those strong family values are sure to be one reason the cities on our list have such impressive safety records. Four of the five cities are being recognized for the second year in a row, and every one can boast zero murders and robberies reported in the FBI’s most recent crime statistics. There were also five or fewer violent crimes in each of the cities recognized here — that’s fewer than two per 1,000 people at the highest. In addition, none of South Dakota’s safest cities had more than 25 property crimes reported.

Brandon, our number one safest city, moved into the top spot from number two last year. The city motto is “Building a Better Life,” and the city’s strong commitment to safety is part of fulfilling that goal. Whether it’s maintaining peace and order when more than 70,000 avid car fans descend on the town each year for Automania, or honoring veterans in one of the country’s largest Loyalty Day parades, Brandon knows how to look after its own.

Remember, even if you call one of our safest cities home, it’s always important to evaluate your home and personal safety. Get tips and ideas to enhance your current safety strategies by visiting our South Dakota Safety Directory.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in South Dakota

To identify the 10 safest cities in South Dakota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in South Dakota report here.

1. Brandon 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.58

2. Lennox 

Previous rank: 3 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.98

3. Hot Springs

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.90

4. Canton

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.93

5. Winner

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.47

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

6. Summerset 7. Tea 8. Lead
9. Beresford 10. Madison 11. Belle Fourche
12. Sisseton 13. Box Elder 14. Brookings
15. North Sioux City 16. Flandreau 17. Aberdeen
18. Sturgis 19. Watertown 20. Vermillion
21. Mobridge 22. Huron 23. Spearfish
24. Sioux Falls 25. Yankton 26. Pierre
27. Mitchell 28. Rapid City 29. Chamberlain


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