These Are The 10 Most Liberal Cities In South Dakota


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Now that we’re in full election swing to decide not only our next President, but many other local statewide initiatives, it’s important to put into context the types of decisions that will be made this year. Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

So, we wanted to know – how does the electorate stack up in South Dakota? And specifically, which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in Mount Rushmore State.

After analyzing every single city in South Dakota with populations greater than 2,000, these are the 10 most liberal cities in the state:

  1. Vermillion (Photos)
  2. Sisseton
  3. Flandreau
  4. Brookings (Photos)
  5. Volga
  6. Dell Rapids
  7. Brandon (Photos)
  8. Hartford
  9. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  10. Aberdeen (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Belle Fourche is the most conservative city of all in South Dakota.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most liberal cities in South Dakota.

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How we determined the most liberal cities in South Dakota

We started by making a list of every place in South Dakota over 2,000 people based on the 2014 American Community Survey that aren’t ‘CDPs’. That left us with more than 37 places in South Dakota.

We then measured the voting record and census data to determine which cities lean the most leftward in their allegiances. Basically, what percentage of a city voted liberal in the 2012 elecetion?

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 37, and the winner is ‘The Most Liberal City in South Dakota.’

Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?

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1. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,746
Percent Liberal: 56.46%

2. Sisseton

Sisseton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,668
Percent Liberal: 54.09%

3. Flandreau

Flandreau, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,082
Percent Liberal: 47.12%

4. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,974
Percent Liberal: 46.99%

5. Volga

Volga, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,401
Percent Liberal: 46.99%

6. Dell Rapids


Population: 3,693
Percent Liberal: 45.28%

7. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,497
Percent Liberal: 45.28%

8. Hartford

Hartford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,887
Percent Liberal: 45.28%

9. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 164,341
Percent Liberal: 45.28%

10. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,418
Percent Liberal: 45.12%

Summing Up The Liberal Pie

Well there you have it, the places in South Dakota that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Vermillion ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the most conservative cities in South Dakota:

  1. Belle Fourche
  2. Sturgis
  3. Summerset

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Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population % Liberal
Vermillion 1 10,746 56.46%
Sisseton 2 2,668 54.09%
Flandreau 3 2,082 47.12%
Brookings 4 22,974 46.99%
Volga 5 2,401 46.99%
Dell Rapids 6 3,693 45.28%
Brandon 7 9,497 45.28%
Hartford 8 2,887 45.28%
Sioux Falls 9 164,341 45.28%
Aberdeen 10 27,418 45.12%
Madison 11 6,972 43.34%
Redfield 12 2,581 42.75%
Yankton 13 14,531 42.37%
Milbank 14 3,269 41.4%
Watertown 15 21,919 39.81%
Huron 16 13,159 39.67%
Mitchell 17 15,543 38.16%
North Sioux City 18 2,597 36.63%
Beresford 19 2,211 36.63%
Elk Point 20 2,080 36.63%
Harrisburg 21 4,942 36.36%
Lennox 22 2,371 36.36%
Canton 23 3,258 36.36%
Tea 24 4,427 36.36%
Lead 25 3,082 34.98%
Spearfish 26 10,980 34.98%
Chamberlain 27 2,582 34.64%
Pierre 28 13,938 34.16%
Rapid City 29 71,692 34.02%
Box Elder 30 8,959 34.02%
Hot Springs 31 3,542 32.42%
Fort Pierre 32 2,244 28.25%
Winner 33 2,855 27.39%
Mobridge 34 3,302 27.25%
Summerset 35 2,221 27.07%
Sturgis 36 6,657 27.07%
Belle Fourche 37 5,702 23.81%

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