South Dakota ranks 8th in the nation for violent crime

Something the recent crime statistics presser in Sioux Falls didn’t show was our state ranking with the FBI. Like Alaska, that ranks #1, we have many rural communities. I also think our lax gun control laws in SD doesn’t help.


#1 Very Stable Genius on 10.06.22 at 3:59 pm

Alaska is most likely because it is the last vestige of the Wild West in our country. The other nine, and adding Arizona because Alaska I will allege is unique here, leaves you with ten states with large minority populations which have never been as successfully integrated into the white man’s economy as with the other states, which then invites the economic strife that in turn invites violence.

The lax gun laws probably do play a role here, but it’s the lack of just and adequate integration of minorities into the overall economy, which causes any people, regardless of their skin color, to live in a world of violence, which too often then becomes the invisible hand of their economy.

#2 VSG on 10.06.22 at 4:07 pm

Wait a minute, my analysis is lacking. Michigan would be the tenth and not Arizona. What was I thinking? But absent Michigan, I might be right. 😉 #DyslexiaAsAnAffirmativeDefense 🙂 #RushToJudgment

#3 Corn Dogger on 10.06.22 at 9:07 pm

Great info!
So this means if you feel scared living in Fairbanks Alaska or Sioux Falls you will be much safer in Baltimore, Chicago, LA or Houston since none of those states made the top 10. This ‘per capita” sheet means nothing especially when 5 of the top 10 have several reservations (which basically has no law enforcement and crime numbers off the hook)

#4 D@ily Spin on 10.07.22 at 10:02 am

A high crime state yet 50th in teacher compensation. Is there a correlation?

#5 Mike Lee Zitterich on 10.07.22 at 3:09 pm

This is fake news, this is media driven statistics to drive gun legislation in the State. I do not believe the information being posted here. Crime is not a huge concern here, let alone is being over exxagerated. The left wing media, or should I say corporate media wants you to believe these numbers are true, when they, themselves reporting false data.

#6 AJ on 10.07.22 at 9:26 pm

This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve lived in Sioux Falls for most of my life and never got a good vibe from most people here. Given the attitudes and dishonesty of a lot of people here it should be a given that you’re going to have a lot of violent crime. Between the high divorce rate and the general entitlement and rudeness of Sioux Falls, should anyone here be surprised?

Maybe Sioux Falls should clean it’s act up, get off it’s high horse and maybe not think that the world should grovel before them? Most other cities in the Midwest try to be better…

#7 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.08.22 at 10:02 am

I’ve lived in Sioux Falls my entire life as well, and I remember when a guy could go get a taco without having to carry a gun. I miss Taco Tuesday, a ‘nachos navidad Christmas’, and “Six Pack & A Pound”. They were much simpler times. Today, “…. south of the border” has become the new reality, where it is not only on the menu, but also your destiny.

#8 Further Fear & Loathing on 10.08.22 at 10:05 am

Say Mike, couldn’t the “State Militia” solve this problem for us?

#9 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 10.08.22 at 10:10 am

“….Between the high divorce rate and the general entitlement and rudeness of Sioux Falls, should anyone here be surprised?…”

Frankly, I don’t believe it is right to blame it all on Taupeville. Although, the French are often known to be rude and entitled, which can then lead to divorce: Nord Hari-Bourgeois. #TheRealHouseWivesSouthOf57th #LimitlessLululemon

#10 Erica on 10.08.22 at 11:52 pm

“I also think our lax gun control laws in SD doesn’t help.”

Ah, yes, because criminals wouldnt commit crimes if we would only prevent citizens from being able to defend themselves and to exercise their 2A.

*eye roll*

#11 Sick of Fearing on 10.09.22 at 8:16 am

But I seldom hear stories about citizens successfully defending themselves. Although, often I hear stories about criminals firing off a round…. #TacosAnyone? #*EggRoll* #TacoEggRoll

#12 Erica on 10.09.22 at 7:50 pm

SoF, do you honestly believe that stronger laws preventing people to purchase weapons would make criminals go, “you know what, I shouldn’t commit acts of crime”? If you TRULY believe that, you need to wake up.

#13 SoF on 10.09.22 at 9:58 pm

No, I don’t, but it will make it harder for them to commit one, however. Sometimes when they won’t let you into the club, you never get into the club.