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Madison the safest South Dakota city


According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Madison is the safest city in the state.

The organization looked at municipalities with populations over 5,000 people, and focused their methodology on FBI crime report statistics, along with the council’s own population data and internal research. Rankings were based on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people, and property crimes.

Madison ranked three times lower than the state average in regards to both violent and property crimes.

Other towns in the top 15 were Brookings (#3), Vermillion (#5), Aberdeen (#6), Sioux Falls (#12), and Rapid City (#15).