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 47 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 30 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in South Dakota:

  1. Hot Springs (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Vermillion (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Harrisburg (Jobs)
  4. Belle Fourche (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Fort Pierre (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Rapid City (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Sioux Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Aberdeen (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Chamberlain (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Watertown (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more South Dakota reading, check out:

1. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Households: 1,678
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.91%
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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.

2. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Households: 3,999
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 0.85%
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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.

3. Harrisburg

Households: 1,652
Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 0.73%
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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.

4. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Households: 2,388
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 0.59%
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Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.

5. Fort Pierre

Fort Pierre, South Dakota

Households: 1,035
Gay Households: 6
% Gay Households: 0.58%
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6. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Households: 29,042
Gay Households: 110
% Gay Households: 0.38%
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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.

7. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Households: 66,874
Gay Households: 248
% Gay Households: 0.37%
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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.

8. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Households: 11,769
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 0.31%
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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.

9. Chamberlain

Chamberlain, South Dakota

Households: 1,039
Gay Households: 2
% Gay Households: 0.19%
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10. Watertown

Watertown, South Dakota

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Households: 9,471
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 0.19%
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Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 21,482 at the 2010 census. It is the fifth largest city in South Dakota. It is also the principal city of the Watertown Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Codington and Hamlin counties.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in South Dakota, we used the 2011-2016 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 30 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Hot Springs ended up being the the most gay place with 1.91% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in South Dakota

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. Mobridge
  3. Box Elder

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Hot Springs 1.91% 32 1,678
2 Vermillion 0.85% 34 3,999
3 Harrisburg 0.73% 12 1,652
4 Belle Fourche 0.59% 14 2,388
5 Fort Pierre 0.58% 6 1,035
6 Rapid City 0.38% 110 29,042
7 Sioux Falls 0.37% 248 66,874
8 Aberdeen 0.31% 36 11,769
9 Chamberlain 0.19% 2 1,039
10 Watertown 0.19% 18 9,471
11 Mitchell 0.19% 13 6,858
12 Brookings 0.12% 10 8,429
13 Pierre 0.0% 0 5,946
14 Spearfish 0.0% 0 4,717
15 Sturgis 0.0% 0 3,072
16 Tea 0.0% 0 1,527
17 Redfield 0.0% 0 1,192
18 North Sioux City 0.0% 0 1,125
19 Madison 0.0% 0 2,659
20 Milbank 0.0% 0 1,509
21 Winner 0.0% 0 1,362
22 Lead 0.0% 0 1,429
23 Huron 0.0% 0 5,527
24 Flandreau 0.0% 0 1,029
25 Dell Rapids 0.0% 0 1,349
26 Canton 0.0% 0 1,211
27 Brandon 0.0% 0 3,455
28 Box Elder 0.0% 0 3,031
29 Mobridge 0.0% 0 1,532
30 Yankton 0.0% 0 6,002

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