These Are The 10 Cities In South Dakota With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in South Dakota with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to South Dakota for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Mount Rushmore State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Harrisburg(Jobs)
  2. Sturgis(Jobs)
  3. Tea(Jobs)
  4. Brandon(Jobs)
  5. Watertown(Jobs)
  6. Dell Rapids(Jobs)
  7. Belle Fourche(Jobs)
  8. Huron(Jobs)
  9. Aberdeen(Jobs)
  10. Pierre(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Harrisburg takes the cake as the place in South Dakota with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in South Dakota that have the most robust job force.

Or for more South Dakota job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In South Dakota With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what South Dakota’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 3,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 24 places in South Dakota.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 24 with one being the “most employed city in South Dakota”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Harrisburg

Population: 4,678
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Harrisburg comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 1.2 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,652
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Sturgis doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Tea

Tea, South Dakota

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Population: 4,226
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Tea, earning the bronze medal with a score of 2.6 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Brandon. With a population of 9350 residents, Brandon is a solid place to move in South Dakota if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Watertown

Watertown, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,795
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Watertown. Numbering around 21795 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 2.8%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 3,687
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
The city of Dell Rapids is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,677
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Belle Fourche. With a unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,982
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Coming in at #8, Huron has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of South Dakota’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,979
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Aberdeen, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,885
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Pierre, South Dakota. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 24.

Pierre’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across South Dakota

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in South Dakota with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Vermillion
  2. Mobridge
  3. Madison

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In South Dakota

City Rank Unemployment
Harrisburg 1 1.2%
Sturgis 2 1.2%
Tea 3 2.6%
Brandon 4 2.7%
Watertown 5 2.8%
Dell Rapids 6 2.8%
Belle Fourche 7 2.9%
Huron 8 3.0%
Aberdeen 9 3.1%
Pierre 10 3.3%
Box Elder 11 3.4%
Brookings 12 3.4%
Hot Springs 13 3.7%
Mitchell 14 3.9%
Yankton 15 4.1%
Canton 16 4.1%
Spearfish 17 4.2%
Sioux Falls 18 4.5%
Lead 19 4.9%
Rapid City 20 5.3%
Milbank 21 5.4%
Madison 22 5.4%
Mobridge 23 7.2%
Vermillion 24 8.4%
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