These Are The Murder Capitals Of South Dakota For 2019

These are the places in South Dakota where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of South Dakota?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in South Dakota.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Mount Rushmore State for 2019:

  1. Rapid City (Photos)
  2. Mitchell (Photos)
  3. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  4. Watertown (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in South Dakota? That would be Mitchell with 12.7 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Rapid City with 6.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 4 cities in South Dakota where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 24 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Mount Rushmore State check out:

How we calculated the murder capitals of South Dakota

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in South Dakota for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 4 cities to rank.

Finally, averaged two scores:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.

Rapid City, SD

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Population: 74,986
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 6 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.0 (2nd Most)
More on Rapid City:  Data | Photos

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.

Mitchell, SD

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Population: 15,806
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 2 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.7 (1st Most)
More on Mitchell:  Data | Photos

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.

Sioux Falls, SD

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Population: 177,888
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 4 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.2 (4th Most)
More on Sioux Falls:  Data | Photos

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.

Watertown, SD

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Population: 22,283
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 1 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.5 (3rd Most)
More on Watertown:  Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In South Dakota For 2019

If you’re looking at the places in South Dakota with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In South Dakota For 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Rapid City, SD 6 8.0
2 Mitchell, SD 2 12.65
3 Sioux Falls, SD 4 2.25
4 Watertown, SD 1 4.49

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