These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In South Dakota


We used data and science to identify which places in South Dakota are total snoozefests.

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There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in South Dakota that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in SD are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within South Dakota’s borders. You know the places: the ones where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like Custer, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of South Dakota. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of Custer. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in South Dakota as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement:

  1. Custer
  2. Milbank
  3. Redfield
  4. Winner
  5. Hot Springs
  6. Lead
  7. Elk Point
  8. Chamberlain
  9. Canton
  10. Flandreau

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

By the way, where are the most exciting cities in South Dakota? Those would be Vermillion, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Madison and Aberdeen. That sounds about right.

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How we determined the boring cities in the Mount Rushmore State

To figure out how boring a place is, we rely on a complex algorithm that factors in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people. We used the U.S. Census data to gather the information. Here are some of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring:

  • % of Population Over 35 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households with People Over 65 (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates several lists of the cities that have plenty of residents with high rankings in all of these categories. After a crunching of the numbers, a list of all of the cities magically appears listing them from most boring to most exciting.

For this list, we used every South Dakota city that qualified for our rankings based on having a population of at least 2,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

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1. Custer

Boring South Dakota

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,188
Average Age: 43.5
Married Households: 49.1%
Households With Kids: 27.7%

2. Milbank

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,326
Average Age: 44.0
Married Households: 55.0%
Households With Kids: 23.7%

3. Redfield

Boring South Dakota

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,480
Average Age: 47.0
Married Households: 50.7%
Households With Kids: 27.7%

4. Winner

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,882
Average Age: 40.8
Married Households: 46.9%
Households With Kids: 33.8%

5. Hot Springs

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,618
Average Age: 49.8
Married Households: 36.4%
Households With Kids: 22.2%

6. Lead

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,113
Average Age: 43.8
Married Households: 51.4%
Households With Kids: 28.3%

7. Elk Point

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,156
Average Age: 39.0
Married Households: 54.4%
Households With Kids: 35.1%

8. Chamberlain

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,875
Average Age: 36.7
Married Households: 47.3%
Households With Kids: 33.1%

9. Canton

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,159
Average Age: 43.2
Married Households: 50.1%
Households With Kids: 28.1%

10. Flandreau

Boring South Dakota

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,180
Average Age: 39.8
Married Households: 47.6%
Households With Kids: 32.1%

Now That You’re Asleep

On a list like this, there are usually no winners, but since South Dakota isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States (barely), the cities on this list can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

Just not these places.

Detailed List Of Boring to Exciting Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population Average Age Married Households Households With Kids
Custer 1 2,188 43.5 49.1% 27.7%
Milbank 2 3,326 44.0 55.0% 23.7%
Redfield 3 2,480 47.0 50.7% 27.7%
Winner 4 2,882 40.8 46.9% 33.8%
Hot Springs 5 3,618 49.8 36.4% 22.2%
Lead 6 3,113 43.8 51.4% 28.3%
Elk Point 7 2,156 39.0 54.4% 35.1%
Chamberlain 8 2,875 36.7 47.3% 33.1%
Canton 9 3,159 43.2 50.1% 28.1%
Flandreau 10 2,180 39.8 47.6% 32.1%
Pierre 11 13,803 39.9 53.5% 27.7%
Fort Pierre 12 2,248 37.6 53.3% 29.1%
Belle Fourche 13 5,653 37.2 52.7% 28.5%
Mobridge 14 3,348 46.1 52.3% 20.8%
Beresford 15 2,190 35.6 55.8% 29.6%
Sturgis 16 6,666 41.4 40.5% 28.6%
Hartford 17 2,686 31.5 57.4% 47.0%
Lennox 18 2,097 36.2 56.9% 40.1%
Mitchell 19 15,367 37.0 52.5% 29.4%
Summerset 20 2,071 28.7 64.3% 44.2%
Huron 21 12,782 37.9 49.4% 28.4%
Dell Rapids 22 3,669 36.9 54.4% 36.7%
Yankton 23 14,475 39.3 48.1% 26.9%
Box Elder 24 8,402 24.9 54.7% 44.9%
North Sioux City 25 2,509 37.9 49.0% 24.6%
Sisseton 26 2,670 34.0 44.0% 35.2%
Watertown 27 21,670 36.6 47.5% 28.9%
Brandon 28 9,099 32.7 59.7% 43.1%
Rapid City 29 69,000 36.2 47.0% 31.3%
Spearfish 30 10,690 33.7 42.9% 24.7%
Harrisburg 31 4,413 28.6 65.8% 56.2%
Volga 32 2,140 29.5 58.6% 38.8%
Tea 33 4,053 28.5 63.3% 56.7%
Aberdeen 34 26,506 35.3 48.5% 27.4%
Madison 35 6,691 32.4 41.6% 27.3%
Sioux Falls 36 157,675 33.7 49.7% 32.9%
Brookings 37 22,356 22.8 34.3% 23.8%
Vermillion 38 10,671 23.3 29.3% 22.0%

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In South Dakota

  1. This is the laziest form of citation I’ve ever seen. If you were in college, you would fail the class immediately. You can NOT cite Wikipedia as you are doing. Wikipedia is a website that provides the citations for you at the bottom of the page. Those are the citation’s you need, not “Wikipedia.”

  2. Thank you for doing all the research that tells the rest of us the best places to live in SD to avoid excitement-seeking obnoxious drunken stoned young adults who don’t want to get married or have kids because kids would inconvenience them and their ‘selfie’ all-about-me arrogant big-headed lifestyles.

  3. Custer is boring big time. Didn’t have plans to live here very long. This town is way to small. Looking forward to moving on to different state and climate. And definitely more than 2000 in population.

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