The 10 Whitest Cities In South Dakota For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in South Dakota.

You're at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you'll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you're leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in South Dakota?

Don't worry, we've figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Mount Rushmore State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in South Dakota for 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in South Dakota for 2021:

  1. Brandon
  2. Watertown
  3. Spearfish
  4. Sturgis
  5. Madison
  6. Belle Fourche
  7. Mitchell
  8. Brookings
  9. Yankton
  10. Aberdeen

What is the whitest city in South Dakota for 2021? According to the most recent census data Brandon ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Huron is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In South Dakota For 2021

1. Brandon

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,934
% White: 95.05%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Watertown

Watertown, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,166
% White: 91.7%
More on Watertown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Spearfish

Spearfish, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,547
% White: 91.4%
More on Spearfish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Sturgis

Sturgis, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,796
% White: 91.3%
More on Sturgis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Madison

Madison, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,261
% White: 89.49%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,616
% White: 89.3%
More on Belle Fourche: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Mitchell

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,727
% White: 89.04%
More on Mitchell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Brookings

Brookings, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,108
% White: 88.37%
More on Brookings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Yankton

Yankton, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,573
% White: 87.26%
More on Yankton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,225
% White: 85.0%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in South Dakota for 2021

In order to rank the whitest places in South Dakota, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in South Dakota.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as White alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 16 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 95.0% to 70.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Brandon took the distinction of being the most White, while Huron was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Dakota ranked by population of White residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - White Populations Across South Dakota

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in South Dakota according to the most recent data.

If you're curious enough, here are the least White places in South Dakota:

  1. Huron
  2. Rapid City
  3. Box Elder

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City % White Population
1 Brandon 95.05% 9,934
2 Watertown 91.7% 22,166
3 Spearfish 91.4% 11,547
4 Sturgis 91.3% 6,796
5 Madison 89.49% 7,261
6 Belle Fourche 89.3% 5,616
7 Mitchell 89.04% 15,727
8 Brookings 88.37% 24,108
9 Yankton 87.26% 14,573
10 Aberdeen 85.0% 28,225
11 Vermillion 84.98% 10,753
12 Pierre 81.0% 13,961
13 Sioux Falls 80.94% 177,117
14 Box Elder 77.63% 9,683
15 Rapid City 76.8% 75,258
16 Huron 69.98% 13,282

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