These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In South Dakota For 2018


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

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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 1,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in South Dakota for 2018:

  1. Platte (Jobs)
  2. Clear Lake (Jobs)
  3. Clark (Jobs)
  4. Hartford (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Miller (Jobs)
  6. Beresford (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Lennox (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Brandon (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Parker (Jobs)
  10. Alcester (Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Eagle Butte 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.

How we determined the whitest places in South Dakota for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in South Dakota means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 68 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 1,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 68 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In South Dakota.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Platte.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in South Dakota.

1. Platte


Population: 1,531
Percent White: 99.5%
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2. Clear Lake


Population: 1,306
Percent White: 98.9%
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3. Clark


Population: 1,208
Percent White: 98.7%
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4. Hartford

Hartford, South Dakota

Population: 2,980
Percent White: 98.6%
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5. Miller


Population: 1,527
Percent White: 98.6%
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6. Beresford

Beresford, South Dakota

Population: 2,324
Percent White: 97.9%
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7. Lennox

Lennox, South Dakota

Population: 2,095
Percent White: 97.8%
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8. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Population: 9,674
Percent White: 97.6%
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Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.

9. Parker


Population: 1,112
Percent White: 97.3%
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10. Alcester


Population: 1,000
Percent White: 97.2%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In South Dakota

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in South Dakota.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In South Dakota for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Platte 1,531 99.5%
2
Clear Lake 1,306 98.9%
3
Clark 1,208 98.7%
4
Hartford 2,980 98.6%
5
Miller 1,527 98.6%
6
Beresford 2,324 97.9%
7
Lennox 2,095 97.8%
8
Brandon 9,674 97.6%
9
Parker 1,112 97.3%
10
Alcester 1,000 97.2%
11
Custer 1,770 96.7%
12
Redfield 2,727 96.3%
13
Volga 1,883 96.1%
14
Parkston 1,826 96.0%
15
Salem 1,367 96.0%
16
De Smet 1,136 96.0%
17
Britton 1,689 95.9%
18
Milbank 3,252 95.8%
19
Gettysburg 1,203 95.3%
20
Tea 4,628 95.3%
21
Freeman 1,251 94.6%
22
Harrisburg 5,129 94.2%
23
Crooks 1,380 94.1%
24
Lemmon 1,362 93.6%
25
Elk Point 2,120 93.3%
26
Watertown 22,026 92.9%
27
Tyndall 1,067 92.5%
28
Worthing 1,066 92.4%
29
Webster 1,813 92.1%
30
Sturgis 6,711 91.8%
31
Spearfish 11,176 91.6%
32
Dell Rapids 3,715 91.4%
33
Howard 1,088 90.7%
34
Madison 7,101 90.7%
35
Mitchell 15,610 90.5%
36
Belle Fourche 5,696 90.3%
37
Lead 3,050 90.3%
38
Brookings 23,292 90.3%
39
Baltic 1,104 89.4%
40
Arlington 1,017 89.3%
41
Groton 1,905 88.9%
42
Garretson 1,291 88.8%
43
Canton 3,306 88.6%
44
Gregory 1,485 88.1%
45
North Sioux City 2,623 87.8%
46
Aberdeen 27,783 87.5%
47
Yankton 14,585 86.9%
48
Fort Pierre 2,278 86.0%
49
Vermillion 10,778 85.4%
50
Winner 2,843 83.2%
51
Summerset 2,155 83.1%
52
Deadwood 1,287 82.7%
53
Sioux Falls 167,884 82.5%
54
Pierre 13,959 81.6%
55
Piedmont 1,111 79.1%
56
Box Elder 9,126 78.6%
57
Hot Springs 3,570 77.8%
58
Rapid City 72,441 76.8%
59
Chamberlain 2,662 75.9%
60
Huron 13,149 74.4%
61
Mobridge 3,460 72.7%
62
Hill City 1,358 72.1%
63
Springfield 1,938 71.2%
64
Flandreau 2,164 57.3%
65
Wagner 1,482 55.1%
66
Sisseton 2,682 42.8%
67
Mission 1,269 10.9%
68
Eagle Butte 1,205 5.7%

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