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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A
Yankton is a town in South Dakota with a population of 14,577. Yankton is in Yankton County and is one of the best places to live in South Dakota. Living in Yankton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Yankton there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Yankton and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Yankton are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$591
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Yankton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    399.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    110.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    6.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    213.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,217.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    179
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Yankton

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,965
National
$55,322
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I would like to see Yankton develop more things to do during the long winters. There is hardly anything to do in Yankton during the winters besides the movie theatre and ice skating which you can get sick of after awhile. I wish we had a bigger shopping mall with good stores. We used to have a decent mall but we have nothing now. I wish there was more things for college aged kids to do too. A majority of the bars downtown are dirty and sketchy and I do not want to spend my time there.
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It is fantastic! Even though there isn't much to do in the winter times, you can always look forward to having the river nearly in your back door.
Yankton is a quaint town with a population of 14,557 people. It is a decent size city with a gorgeous view of chalkstone cliffs along the Missouri river. This town has a lot of history, as it was the capital of the Dakota territories and was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Yankton has potential to bring more revenue to this area. A casino was mentioned as being a possibility for more revenue and potentially could help restore some run down areas of this town. Yankton has to be recognized as a geographically historical area for this to take place. More of the arts would also bring out an attractive side to this beautiful little town.