These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In South Dakota


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in SD are really ghetto.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in South Dakota?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in South Dakota:

  1. Box Elder (Photos)
  2. Sturgis (Photos)
  3. Huron (Photos)
  4. Mitchell (Photos)
  5. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  6. Spearfish (Photos)
  7. Madison (Photos)
  8. Yankton (Photos)
  9. Vermillion (Photos)
  10. Brandon (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in South Dakota.

What ghetto criteria did we use for South Dakota?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in South Dakota, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Mount Rushmore State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in South Dakota with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 15 places in South Dakota.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime
  These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In South Dakota

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,683
Median Income: $45,041
Drug Stores: 8
Discount Stores: 8

2. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,652
Median Income: $37,697
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

3. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,982
Median Income: $39,927
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 1

4. Mitchell

Mitchell, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,490
Median Income: $47,622
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 3

5. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,677
Median Income: $41,356
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

6. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,836
Median Income: $39,758
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 2

7. Madison

Madison, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,830
Median Income: $37,045
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 3

8. Yankton

Yankton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,513
Median Income: $42,250
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 2

9. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,697
Median Income: $28,690
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 2

  These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In South Dakota

10. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350
Median Income: $69,792
Drug Stores: 20
Discount Stores: 9

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in South Dakota where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in South Dakota:

  1. Sioux Falls
  2. Watertown
  3. Brookings

For more South Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Box Elder 1 8,683 $45,041 8 8
Sturgis 2 6,652 $37,697 2 1
Huron 3 12,982 $39,927 3 1
Mitchell 4 15,490 $47,622 4 3
Belle Fourche 5 5,677 $41,356 2 1
Spearfish 6 10,836 $39,758 3 2
Madison 7 6,830 $37,045 3 3
Yankton 8 14,513 $42,250 2 2
Vermillion 9 10,697 $28,690 3 2
Brandon 10 9,350 $69,792 20 9
Pierre 11 13,885 $52,961 2 2
Aberdeen 12 26,979 $47,540 4 2
Brookings 13 22,645 $41,061 3 3
Watertown 14 21,795 $45,185 2 1
Sioux Falls 15 160,964 $52,607 17 11

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Ghetto, Rankings 

Facebook Discussion

comments