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This page contains a list of cities in South Dakota, and other information about local governments.

South Dakota allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 66 total counties in South Dakota. Of those 66:[1]

There are 310 total municipalities in South Dakota. Of those 310, 300 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 10 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in South Dakota consists of:

  • Counties: There are 66 counties in South Dakota. Two of these, Shannon and Todd, operate under home rule charters.[2]
  • Townships: There are 916 townships in South Dakota. 52 of South Dakota's 66 counties contain townships. These townships comprise the organized areas of the county that are not included in a municipality.
  • Municipalities: There are 310 municipalities in South Dakota. 10 of these operate under home rule charters. They are: Aberdeen, Beresford, Brookings, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Pierre, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Springfield, and Watertown.[3][4]
  • In addition, there are 543 special districts and 152 independent school districts.[5]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in South Dakota

All incorporated local governments have mandated initiative and referendum.[6]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in South Dakota
City[7] Population City Type Next election
Sioux Falls 156,592 Charter N/A
Rapid City 69,200 General law N/A
Aberdeen 26,297 Charter N/A
Brookings 22,228 Charter N/A
Watertown 21,658 Charter N/A
Mitchell 15,368 General law N/A
Yankton 14,564 General law N/A
Pierre 13,860 Charter N/A
Huron 12,706 General law N/A
Vermillion 10,706 General law N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of South Dakota cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 310 incorporated cities and towns in South Dakota. A full list of cities in South Dakota is available here.

See also