These Are The 10 Whitest Cities South Dakota In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in South Dakota.

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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 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in South Dakota for 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Dakota with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Watertown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Spearfish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sturgis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Belle Fourche (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mitchell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Yankton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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How we determined the whitest places in South Dakota for 2019

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 97.0% to 73.1%.

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.

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.

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,731
% White: 97.04%
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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.

Watertown, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,083
% White: 92.7%
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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.

Spearfish, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,300
% White: 91.88%
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Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.

Sturgis, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,715
% White: 90.56%
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Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.

Madison, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,094
% White: 90.51%
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Madison is a city in Lake County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,474 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County and is home to Dakota State University.

Belle Fourche, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,622
% White: 90.5%
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Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,566
% White: 90.29%
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Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.

Brookings, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 23,471
% White: 89.57%
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Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 22,056 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brookings County, and home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state. Also found in Brookings are the South Dakota Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the headquarters of a number of manufacturing companies and agricultural operations.

Yankton, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,529
% White: 86.95%
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Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 14,454 at the 2010 census. Yankton is the principal city of the Yankton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entirety of Yankton County, and which had an estimated population of 22,702 as of July 1, 2015.

Aberdeen, SD

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,925
% White: 86.71%
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Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.

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. Box Elder
  3. Rapid City

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City % White Population
1 Brandon 97.04% 9,731
2 Watertown 92.7% 22,083
3 Spearfish 91.88% 11,300
4 Sturgis 90.56% 6,715
5 Madison 90.51% 7,094
6 Belle Fourche 90.5% 5,622
7 Mitchell 90.29% 15,566
8 Brookings 89.57% 23,471
9 Yankton 86.95% 14,529
10 Aberdeen 86.71% 27,925
11 Vermillion 85.32% 10,687
12 Pierre 82.71% 13,974
13 Sioux Falls 82.21% 170,401
14 Rapid City 77.17% 72,841
15 Box Elder 75.33% 9,277
16 Huron 73.12% 13,116

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