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Overview of internet satisfaction and availability in South Dakota

Midco is the largest land-based internet provider in South Dakota, offering cable, fiber, and fixed wireless internet across more than half the state. CenturyLink is a close second in size, delivering mainly DSL internet and some fiber. Two smaller cable internet providers are also available, depending on where you live: Golden West and JVI. If you can't get wired internet where you live, Rise Broadband and T-Mobile have your back with fixed wireless services. Satellite internet is available all across the state.

Internet providers received an average satisfaction rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers in South Dakota.

That ranks South Dakota 1st nationwide for internet customer satisfaction.

Learn more about our methodology

Internet customer satisfaction in South Dakota

 4.1/5 average customer satisfaction rating
 1st national ranking for customer satisfaction

$55.88 average price per payment for internet, per household

98.4% of the time, advertised speeds meet household needs

4.1/5 average customer service rating of internet services

4/5 average reliability rating of services state-wide

Population:
902,542 people

2.61 average people per household

$57,086 average income per household

41 average age per household

60% of population employed

86

0% higher than national average

Ranked 35th nationally

62

17% lower than national average

Ranked 48th nationally

97%

12% higher than national average

Ranked 42nd nationally

78%

1% lower than national average

Ranked 35th nationally

Average download speed
108.2 Mbps

19.35% lower than national average
Ranks 39th nationally

Average upload speed
49.9 Mbps

25.51% lower than national average
Ranks 30th nationally
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Fastest internet providers in South Dakota

Provider Avg download speed Avg upload speed Availability Order online
Xtream Powered by Mediacom 231.19 Mbps 36.74 Mbps 82.97% View Plans for Mediacom
Midco 161.95 Mbps 45.88 Mbps 57.54% View Plans for Midco
Long Lines 91.48 Mbps 13.03 Mbps 79.13% View Plans for Long Lines
Golden West Telecommunications 76.71 Mbps 90.94 Mbps 69.56% View Plans for Golden West Telecommunications
95% of people in South Dakota have access to 100Mbps or faster broadband, ranking 49th nationally.

Internet by tech type

Internet tech type Avg download speed % of people with access % availability Learn more
5G Home 245.15 Mbps 76.24% 57.86% See all providers for 5G Home
Cable 815.12 Mbps 78.41% 67.61% See all providers for Cable
DSL 64.76 Mbps 59.97% 61.99% See all providers for DSL
Fiber 586.25 Mbps 62.22% 77.85% See all providers for Fiber
Fixed Wireless 47.7 Mbps 69.73% 86.37% See all providers for Fixed Wireless
LTE Home 150 Mbps 1.25% 98% See all providers for LTE Home
Satellite 125.44 Mbps 71.98% 93.1% See all providers for Satellite

Best cities for internet in South Dakota

Cities in South Dakota with the fastest internet

City Avg download speed Avg upload speed Fiber availability Fastest provider
Mitchell 164.48 Mbps 58.15 Mbps 5% Midco
Mitchell 164.48 Mbps 58.15 Mbps 5% Midco
Huron 142.56 Mbps 46.87 Mbps 21% SDN Communications
Watertown 139.4 Mbps 54.07 Mbps 77% Midco
Spearfish 136.17 Mbps 46.6 Mbps 80% Midco
Yankton 134.05 Mbps 59.74 Mbps 40% Midco
Sioux Falls 128.52 Mbps 55.87 Mbps 70% Golden West Telecommunications
Aberdeen 126.99 Mbps 37.08 Mbps 81% Midco

Mitchell is the best city in South Dakota for internet, shooting to the top of the list thanks to a combination of record-setting average download speeds, wide fiber-optic internet availability, and the presence of a reliable and well-rated internet provider. Mitchell and Huron also earn top rankings, according to our data.

The most connected cities in South Dakota

City Population Percent with access to high speed internet Percent with access to fiber internet Percent with access to 3+ providers
Sioux Falls 193,401 100% 65% 100%
Lake Poinsett 438 100% 100% 100%
Box Elder 11,905 100% 100% 100%
Spearfish 12,268 100% 100% 100%
Rapid City 75,632 100% 22% 100%
Deadwood 1,423 100% 100% 100%

Sioux Falls is the most internet-connected city in South Dakota. Sioux Falls makes it to the top of the list due to the high number of its residents who have access not only to high-speed internet, but also to fiber internet specifically. A large number of Sioux Falls's residents also have access to three or more internet providers—an uncommon number of options compared to the rest of the state. Lake Poinsett and Box Elder also make it to the top of our list.

Top cities in South Dakota

Sioux Falls

Population: 193,401

Median income: $67,970

128.52 Mbps
avg. download speed

55.87 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

65.35% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
Golden West Telecommunications

Rapid City

Population: 75,632

Median income: $72,217

114.52 Mbps
avg. download speed

33.32 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

22.39% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
Midco

Aberdeen

Population: 28,388

Median income: $61,505

126.99 Mbps
avg. download speed

37.08 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
Midco

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Methodology

HighSpeedInternet.com relies on proprietary and exclusive data to analyze the customer and provider trends presented on this page. We analyze millions of results from our speed test tool to determine average statewide speeds, fastest speeds, and availability. Our annual customer satisfaction survey provides us with data for developing the satisfaction rating. We also draw from data provided to us directly by internet providers to determine available tech types and average speeds.

South Dakota FAQs

What are the best internet providers in South Dakota?

T-Mobile and CenturyLink are the only two internet providers in South Dakota that scored in our annual customer satisfaction survey. That said, T-Mobile outranks CenturyLink in every category, taking the top spot in three out of five categories. You can't go wrong with T-Mobile regarding speed, pricing, reliability, and customer service.

Where can I get fiber internet in South Dakota?

Fiber internet is hard to find in South Dakota. You'll see it from CenturyLink, Midco, and Bluepeak around Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Midco has a few hotspots here and there, as does CenturyLink in places like Pierre and Chamberlain.

What are the fastest internet providers in South Dakota?

Midco and Bluepeak are the fastest internet providers in South Dakota, with fiber internet speeds reaching up to 5,000Mbps. CenturyLink is the only home fiber internet supplier in the state that doesn't go above a gigabit. Midco, Golden West, and JVI have download speeds capped at 1,000Mbps on the cable internet front.

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