South Dakota January 01, 2020
According To FBI Statistics, These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Dakota For 2020
If you have lived in South Dakota for any amount of time, you know that it is a generally safe place where everyone knows everyone and can leave their doors and cars unlocked without fear of having anything taken. Sadly, despite our generally honest and good-willed population, there are still some bad (and some downright rotten) eggs scattered about, which can be seen in the
FBI’s Crime in the United States report, which names these 10 South Dakota towns and cities as being the most dangerous in the state:
Mitchell is home to the iconic Mitchell Corn Palace and 15,653 residents, but — sadly — this famous SoDak town is also home to the highest crime rate in the state. As per the FBI's report, Mitchell saw 81 violent crimes in 2018 (consisting of 21 rapes, 6 robberies, and 54 aggravated assaults), plus an additional 573 property crimes (68 burglaries, 447 larceny thefts, 58 motor vehicle thefts, and 2 cases of arson).
2. Rapid City
Seeing as how many tourists and visitors Rapid receives each year, the higher crime rates do make sense. However, we still cannot help but feel saddened by the fact that Rapid City (population 75,290) experienced a whopping 492 violent crimes in one year, including 2 murders, 99 rapes, 65 burglaries, and 326 aggravated assaults. Unfortunately, violent crime was only the tip of the iceberg, as RC also reported 2,194 property crimes, consisting of 428 burglaries, 1,502 larceny thefts, 264 vehicle thefts, and 7 cases of arson.
Home to 2,388 residents, Chamberlain is the poster-child for the All-American small town, but even charming communities can have their fair share of trouble. Case in point: In 2018, Chamberlain saw 19 violent crimes (1 murder, 3 rapes, 1 robbery, and 14 aggravated assaults) and 61 property crimes (11 burglaries, 46 larceny thefts, and 4 car thefts).
Not-so-fun fact: Nearly every capital city in America made their state's top 10 crime list and — unfortunately — Pierre was no exception. As per the FBI's report, Pierre (population 14,050) saw 18 rapes, 1 robbery, 51 aggravated assaults, 36 burglaries, 325 larceny thefts, 19 motor vehicle thefts, and 2 cases of arson within 1 year.
Located along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota, Yankton is a beautiful college town that boasts a population of 14,523 and the 5th highest crime rate in the state, which includes both 75 violent (16 rapes, 1 robbery, and 58 aggravated assaults) and 379 property (31 burglaries, 322 larceny thefts, and 26 motor vehicle thefts) crimes.
6. Sioux Falls
With a population of 180,335, Sioux Falls is by far the largest city in South Dakota, which comes with its fair share of violent crime in the form of 5 murders, 121 rapes, 107 robberies, and 555 aggravated assaults. In addition to violent crime, Sioux Falls also experienced 5,288 property crimes, including 625 burglaries, 4,092 larceny thefts, 544 motor vehicle thefts, and 36 cases of arson.
Known as the "Heart of Eastern South Dakota," Flandreau is a beautiful town of 2,332 residents and a surprisingly high crime rate. According to the FBI, 2018 brought Flandreau 9 violent crimes (2 rapes, 2 robberies, and 5 aggravated assaults) and an additional 57 property crimes (9 burglaries, 41 larceny thefts, and 7 motor vehicle thefts).
One of the most picturesque towns in the Black Hills is Spearfish, which — despite only housing 11,763 residents — saw 8 rapes, 3 robberies, 14 aggravated assaults, 40 burglaries, 318 larceny thefts, and 17 motor vehicle thefts in 2018 alone.
Like every town, Aberdeen (population 28,713) has areas you want to avoid, which is made evident by the fact that this historic settlement town has experienced 124 violent crimes (1 murder, 33 rapes, 4 robberies, and 86 aggravated assaults) and an additional 602 property crimes (101 burglaries, 466 larceny thefts, 35 motor vehicle thefts, and 4 cases of arson).
10. Box Elder
Last on the FBI's Crime in the United States report is the town Box Elder. Home of the Ellsworth Air Force base and nearly 10,000 residents, Box Elder also boasts a staggering 43 violent crimes — a la 5 rapes, 1 robbery, and 37 aggravated assaults — and another 175 property crimes in the form of 41 burglaries, 116 larceny thefts, 18 car thefts, and 2 cases of arson.
What is your take on the FBI’s findings? Let us know in the comments. For even more dangerous places in SoDak, check out
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