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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Lead is a town in South Dakota with a population of 3,050. Lead is in Lawrence County. Living in Lead offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lead there are a lot of bars and restaurants. Residents of Lead tend to be conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$105,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$545
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    34
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    0
    500
  • Theft
    504
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,735
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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It is a charming small town with a ton of history. The plowing service is amazing compared to anywhere else in South Dakota, the roads are always neatly plowed which means there are close to zero snow days. The roads that lead to the higher level houses are very sloped and getting up them in the winter is almost impossible to accomplish. I wish to see more funding go towards the school and getting more usage out of the three schools.
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While I can't speak personally, I know some people who have experienced "politics" within the police force and some things do not get handled as they maybe should.
It is almost a central hub for all of the black hills. We have a Historic Opera House, the Homestake Gold Mine both right in town, and several caves, and other attractions within an hours drive.