These Are The 10 Gayest Places In South Dakota


We looked at years of data to determine which South Dakota cities have the most pride

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When the Supreme Court recently 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 0.23% of South Dakota residents is gay? That ranks 48 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 28 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in South Dakota:

  1. Vermillion (Photos)
  2. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  3. Box Elder (Photos)
  4. Chamberlain
  5. Hot Springs
  6. Redfield
  7. Rapid City (Photos)
  8. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  9. Mitchell (Photos)
  10. Huron (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in South Dakota.

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How do you determine the gayest city in South Dakota?

In order to rank the gayest cities in South Dakota, we used the 2009-2014 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 28 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Vermillion ended up being the the most gay place with 1.13% 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.

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1. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,902
Gay Households: 44
% Gay Households: 1.13%

2. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,285
Gay Households: 19
% Gay Households: 0.83%

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3. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Households: 2,974
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 0.81%

4. Chamberlain

Chamberlain, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,008
Gay Households: 4
% Gay Households: 0.4%

5. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,660
Gay Households: 6
% Gay Households: 0.36%

6. Redfield

Source: Google Maps

Households: 1,128
Gay Households: 4
% Gay Households: 0.35%

7. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 28,244
Gay Households: 95
% Gay Households: 0.34%

8. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 64,197
Gay Households: 204
% Gay Households: 0.32%

9. Mitchell

Mitchell, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 6,843
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 0.29%

10. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 5,416
Gay Households: 11
% Gay Households: 0.2%

There You Have It

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:

  1. Yankton
  2. North Sioux City
  3. Brandon

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In South Dakota

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Vermillion 1 0.01% 3,902 4,400
Belle Fourche 2 0.01% 2,285 1,900
Box Elder 3 0.01% 2,974 2,400
Chamberlain 4 0.0% 1,008 400
Hot Springs 5 0.0% 1,660 600
Redfield 6 0.0% 1,128 400
Rapid City 7 0.0% 28,244 9,500
Sioux Falls 8 0.0% 64,197 20,400
Mitchell 9 0.0% 6,843 2,000
Huron 10 0.0% 5,416 1,100
Watertown 11 0.0% 9,335 700
Aberdeen 12 0.0% 11,363 200
Tea 13 0.0% 1,438
Sturgis 14 0.0% 2,966
Spearfish 15 0.0% 4,553
Pierre 16 0.0% 5,834
Milbank 17 0.0% 1,492
Mobridge 18 0.0% 1,543
Winner 19 0.0% 1,378
Madison 20 0.0% 2,686
Lead 21 0.0% 1,439
Harrisburg 22 0.0% 1,444
Dell Rapids 23 0.0% 1,430
Canton 24 0.0% 1,314
Brookings 25 0.0% 8,369
Brandon 26 0.0% 3,264
North Sioux City 27 0.0% 1,094
Yankton 28 0.0% 5,874

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