These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In South Dakota

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in South Dakota that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in South Dakota works hard, there’s a certain part of the Mount Rushmore State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in South Dakota .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Harrisburg which takes top honors for the hardest working place in South Dakota. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in South Dakota for a promotion:

  1. Harrisburg
  2. Tea
  3. Colonial Pine Hills
  4. Dakota Dunes
  5. Beresford
  6. Summerset
  7. Brandon
  8. Pierre
  9. Volga
  10. Canton

So listen up Pine Ridge as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Mount Rushmore State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 43 places in South Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 43 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

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

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In South Dakota”. And, at the end of the day, Harrisburg had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Harrisburg


Population: 4,678 College Graduates: 36.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.2
Workers Per Household: 1.8

2. Tea

Tea, South Dakota

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Population: 4,226College Graduates: 35.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Colonial Pine Hills


Population: 2,328 College Graduates: 48.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.9
Workers Per Household: 1.7

4. Dakota Dunes


Population: 2,895 College Graduates: 56.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Beresford

Beresford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,411College Graduates: 29.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. Summerset


Population: 2,240 College Graduates: 28.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.2
Workers Per Household: 1.7

7. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350College Graduates: 31.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,885College Graduates: 33.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Volga

Volga, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,259College Graduates: 28.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Canton

Canton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,218College Graduates: 27.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In South Dakota

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Harrisburg 1 4,678 36.3% 41.2 1.8
Tea 2 4,226 35.2% 39.9 1.7
Colonial Pine Hills 3 2,328 48.2% 36.9 1.7
Dakota Dunes 4 2,895 56.1% 42.7 1.4
Beresford 5 2,411 29.3% 39.8 1.3
Summerset 6 2,240 28.3% 43.2 1.7
Brandon 7 9,350 31.6% 39.1 1.6
Pierre 8 13,885 33.2% 39.5 1.4
Volga 9 2,259 28.0% 39.7 1.6
Canton 10 3,218 27.8% 40.3 1.5
Fort Pierre 11 2,322 26.9% 41.6 1.4
Blackhawk 12 2,754 24.2% 38.1 1.6
Elk Point 13 2,075 28.8% 39.8 1.3
Dell Rapids 14 3,687 27.7% 39.5 1.5
Hartford 15 2,781 29.1% 38.6 1.7
Sioux Falls 16 160,964 32.5% 38.9 1.5
Brookings 17 22,645 48.5% 34.2 1.6
Rapid Valley 18 8,619 18.0% 39.5 1.7
Box Elder 19 8,683 17.5% 40.2 1.7
Winner 20 2,871 22.9% 41.0 1.2
Spearfish 21 10,836 31.5% 37.9 1.3
North Sioux City 22 2,551 24.5% 43.3 1.3
Lennox 23 2,155 22.6% 39.6 1.2
Vermillion 24 10,697 48.2% 31.3 1.5
Aberdeen 25 26,979 26.5% 38.2 1.3
Belle Fourche 26 5,677 15.3% 39.7 1.3
Rapid City 27 70,126 29.2% 38.5 1.3
Madison 28 6,830 27.1% 37.6 1.5
Watertown 29 21,795 20.6% 39.4 1.3
Mitchell 30 15,490 26.9% 38.7 1.2
Yankton 31 14,513 28.3% 37.6 1.3
Redfield 32 2,583 17.8% 38.6 1.1
Huron 33 12,982 20.8% 38.7 1.2
Chamberlain 34 2,660 22.5% 39.0 1.3
Hot Springs 35 3,565 22.7% 38.0 1.0
Sturgis 36 6,652 17.4% 38.4 1.1
Mobridge 37 3,293 24.0% 41.3 1.1
Lead 38 3,097 24.1% 41.1 1.1
Flandreau 39 2,088 26.4% 39.4 1.1
Milbank 40 3,310 18.3% 38.9 1.2
Sisseton 41 2,597 17.3% 37.7 1.3
North Eagle Butte 42 2,083 12.3% 36.6 1.6
Pine Ridge 43 3,329 15.9% 37.6 1.4

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