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

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.

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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.

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1. Platte


Population: 1,531
Percent White: 99.5%

2. Clear Lake


Population: 1,306
Percent White: 98.9%

3. Clark


Population: 1,208
Percent White: 98.7%

4. Hartford

Hartford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,980
Percent White: 98.6%

5. Miller


Population: 1,527
Percent White: 98.6%

6. Beresford

Beresford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,324
Percent White: 97.9%

7. Lennox

Lennox, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,095
Percent White: 97.8%

8. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,674
Percent White: 97.6%

9. Parker


Population: 1,112
Percent White: 97.3%

10. Alcester


Population: 1,000
Percent White: 97.2%

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

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

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