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The Most Common Last Names in South Dakota

Go anywhere in South Dakota and you'll likely hear some interesting and unique last names.

That being said, you'll also find some of the same almost everywhere you go.

But what are the most common last names in South Dakota? Here's a list of the top ten.

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Neighboring states have similar results. Smith, Williams, and Johnson are the top three in the state of Iowa. In Minnesota, Johnson once again takes the top spot, followed by Anderson and Nelson. The top 3 in North Dakota are Johnson, Anderson, and Olson. And in the Cornhusker State, the 3 most common names are Johnson, Smith, and Miller.

For the full list of every state, see the article at Forebears.

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by

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