Brookings, Sioux Falls top South Dakota cities in equality study

(KSFY) - The cities of Brookings and Sioux Falls are the only two South Dakota communities to rank above the national average in the latest equality study by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Brookings received a perfect score of 100, while Sioux Falls received a score of 64 in the HRC's Municipal Equality Index.

The index is a nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, according to the HRC and the Equality Federation Institute, which also helped organize the survey.

The national average of the 2018 study was 58, up one point from the previous year.

Vermillion scored 38, while Rapid City, Spearfish, and Watertown each scored 19. Aberdeen and Mitchell received a score of 12, while Pierre received a 0.

Brookings is the first South Dakota city to ever receive a perfect score of 100. Sioux Falls received a 63 in last year's study.