Located in the Northern part of the country, South Dakota has a population of 833,354, according to the 2012 United States Census, and borders Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Its capital is Pierre, with Watertown, Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls rounding out the rest of South Dakota’s largest cities. With a Gross Domestic Product of over $42 million, the state’s biggest industries include agriculture (think corn, hogs, soybeans, wheat, and cattle), finance, tourism, mining, and more. The state is known most for Mount Rushmore, a mountain with famous presidents’ faces carved out. It’s no wonder it’s known as the Mount Rushmore State! Aside from Mount Rushmore, South Dakota has Harney Peak, which is actually the highest mountain in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. On the other hand, the state also has one of the deepest mines in the country with the Homestake Mine, at 8,000 feet into the Earth.
Aside from Mount Rushmore, here are some things in South Dakota that you can’t afford to miss:
- Badlands National Park: If you love natural formations, you’ll enjoy these 244,000 acres of prairie grass, geological formations, and wild animals like bighorn sheep and bison.
- World’s Only Corn Palace: Yes, you read that right. This Moorish Revival landmark is full of corn-made murals.
- Sylvan Lake: Whether you like hiking, swimming, climbing, or simply relaxing in a beautiful park, this is the place to be in South Dakota.
No matter where you go, staying safe and secure is always a priority. South Dakota’s safest city is Brandon, the largest suburb of Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County. With a population just over 10,000 and a high median income over $80,000, Brandon saw absolutely no violent crimes and only 2.58 property crimes for every 1,000 residents! Other top picks include Madison, Brookings, and Tea.
This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI.
Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.
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Curious about how we selected the safest cities in South Dakota? Scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete methodology.
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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?
- Murder rate
- Rape rate
- Robbery Rate
- Assault rate
- Burglary rate
- Theft rate
- Vehicle theft rate
- Arson rates
- Median Income
For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.
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