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77. Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 77
Population: 161,000
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True, the nearest big cities are over three hours away. But there's plenty to do right here. Sioux Falls boasts numerous arts galleries, theatres, museums, restaurants, and nightlife.

The park system is extensive, with biking trails, sports fields, and the popular Great Plains Zoo.

This town has weathered the economic storm better than most, with many employment opportunities and affordable homes. Health-care facilities here also get high marks. --B.D.

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Sioux Falls stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$70,317 $90,957
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
32.91% 15.71%
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Median home price $105,2502 $239,391
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
1.6% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
3.6% 22.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 3 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 24 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
354 2,967
High temp in July ° F 85.4° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 4.6° 21.3°
Median age 34.3 35.3
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$70,317 $90,957
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$74,567 $86,860
State sales tax 4.00% 5.45%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.35%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 2.96%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,401 $1,707
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
32.91% 15.71%
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Housing
Median home price $105,2502 $239,391
Average property taxes
(2008)
$2,424 $3,418
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
4 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
1.6% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
3.6% 22.9%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
82.1/17.9 87.8/12.2
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
N.A. 77.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 3 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 24 24
Median commute time (in minutes) 14.3 21.4
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
3.2% 13.6%
% population walk or bike to work 3.0% 3.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
6 31
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
354 2,967
Bars
(within 15 miles)
70 207
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
29 162
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
18 72
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
1 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 2 12
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.8 1.5
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
24.23 37.40
% clear days in the area 29 29
High temp in July ° F 85.4° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 4.6° 21.3°
Median age 34.3 35.3
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
60.6% 71.5%
Married % 53.2% 56.6%
Divorced % 9.9% 8.4%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
33.8 94.9
From the August 2010 issue
Notes: *County data
(2) Median based on fewer than 50 home sales in the area.
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Ranking
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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