These Are The 10 Gayest Places In South Dakota For 2019

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in South Dakota.

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When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever.

While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue.

Did you know that an estimated 0.19% of South Dakota residents is gay? That ranks as the number 48 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 634 gay households in The Mount Rushmore State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in South Dakota.

After analyzing 32 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in South Dakota for 2019:

  1. Hot Springs (Photos)
  2. Harrisburg
  3. Custer (Photos)
  4. Fort Pierre (Photos)
  5. Vermillion (Photos)
  6. Aberdeen (Photos)
  7. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  8. Rapid City (Photos)
  9. Flandreau (Photos)
  10. Chamberlain (Photos)

According to the facts, Hot Springs is the gayest place in South Dakota for 2019.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the gayest cities in America.

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in South Dakota for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in South Dakota, we used the 2013-2017 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census. We looked at:

  • Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same sex partners

We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 1,000 households.

We ranked each place from 1 to 32 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, ended up being the the most gay place with 2.39% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in South Dakota. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

Hot Springs, SD

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Households: 1,754
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 42 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.39% (1st highest)
More on Hot Springs:  Data | Photos

Hot Springs is a city in and the county seat of Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,711. In addition, neighboring Oglala Lakota County contracts the duties of Auditor, Treasurer and Register of Deeds to the Fall River County authority in Hot Springs.

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Households: 1,706
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 11 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.64% (2nd highest)
More on Harrisburg:  Data

Harrisburg is a city in Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States and is a suburb of Sioux Falls. The population was 4,089 by the 2010 census, having grown from 958 in 2000 census. The population of the Harrisburg zip code has grown from 2,476 in 2000 to 10,342 in 2010.

Custer, SD

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Households: 1,000
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 6 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.6% (3rd highest)
More on Custer:  Data | Photos

Fort Pierre, SD

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Households: 1,011
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 6 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.59% (4th highest)
More on Fort Pierre:  Data | Photos

Vermillion, SD

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Households: 4,037
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 23 (5th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.57% (5th highest)
More on Vermillion:  Data | Photos

Vermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, in the southeastern corner of the state of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. The city lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

Aberdeen, SD

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Households: 12,075
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 54 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.45% (6th highest)
More on Aberdeen:  Data | Photos

Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.

Sioux Falls, SD

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Households: 69,055
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Gay Households: 259 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.38% (7th highest)
More on Sioux Falls:  Data | Photos

Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 145th-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County. and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.

Rapid City, SD

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Households: 29,723
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 56 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.19% (8th highest)
More on Rapid City:  Data | Photos

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Flandreau, SD

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Households: 1,073
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12)
Gay Households: 2 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.19% (9th highest)
More on Flandreau:  Data | Photos

Chamberlain, SD

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Households: 1,111
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 2 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.18% (10th highest)
More on Chamberlain:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In South Dakota For 2019

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in South Dakota, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in South Dakota:

  • Yankton
  • Mitchell
  • Belle Fourche

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In South Dakota

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Hot Springs 1,754 2.39%
2 Harrisburg 1,706 0.64%
3 Custer 1,000 0.6%
4 Fort Pierre 1,011 0.59%
5 Vermillion 4,037 0.57%
6 Aberdeen 12,075 0.45%
7 Sioux Falls 69,055 0.38%
8 Rapid City 29,723 0.19%
9 Flandreau 1,073 0.19%
10 Chamberlain 1,111 0.18%
11 Brookings 8,635 0.16%
12 Watertown 9,555 0.14%
13 North Sioux City 1,205 0.0%
14 Sturgis 2,965 0.0%
15 Tea 1,572 0.0%
16 Redfield 1,180 0.0%
17 Pierre 6,049 0.0%
18 Spearfish 4,853 0.0%
19 Mobridge 1,501 0.0%
20 Lead 1,420 0.0%
21 Milbank 1,483 0.0%
22 Madison 2,650 0.0%
23 Winner 1,359 0.0%
24 Huron 5,621 0.0%
25 Hartford 1,048 0.0%
26 Dell Rapids 1,381 0.0%
27 Canton 1,172 0.0%
28 Brandon 3,476 0.0%
29 Box Elder 3,275 0.0%
30 Belle Fourche 2,434 0.0%
31 Mitchell 7,044 0.0%
32 Yankton 6,206 0.0%