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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Sioux Falls is a city in South Dakota with a population of 170,401. Sioux Falls is in Minnehaha County and is one of the best places to live in South Dakota. Living in Sioux Falls offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sioux Falls there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sioux Falls and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Sioux Falls are highly rated.
About Sioux Falls...
Population
170,401

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$168,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$771
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Sioux Falls Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    323.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    68
    40.7
  • Robbery
    56.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    368.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,225.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

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Sioux Falls is a great city to live in. There's easy access to several restaurants, bars/pubs, coffee shops, etc. Sioux Falls is unique, as compared to other cities of similar size, because it offers the amenities of a big city, but has a small town feeling. The downtown area is especially unique, it's populated with small businesses and statues from local artists can be found along the sidewalks as part of the annual Sculpture Walk.

Sioux Falls is continually expanding, with new housing being built year-round for the ever expanding population. Housing rates in Sioux Falls are considerably more affordable than other larger cities. The city is filled with people of different nationalities, backgrounds, incomes, etc., making Sioux Falls the cultural center of the state.

I enjoy living in Sioux Falls and would recommend moving here if someone were looking to find a new home in the Midwest.
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Sioux Falls, SD, is a great town! It isn't too heavily populated with a lot to do. There are seasonal activities such as Great Bear for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in winter and summer there is Wild Water West water park. Summer events such as Hot Harley Nights, Summer Nights, and the Sioux Falls Fair bring a lot of outdoor activities and concerts for everyone to enjoy. There is also the Falls Park, which the city is named after. It is well lit in the winter with Christmas lights and lights on the falls that change color. There is a large variety of restaurants and fast food places for great food. The Denny Premier Center has frequent concerts and sporting events. If the sport isn't played at the premier center then it is held at the Sanford Pentagon, where a lot of tournaments are also held. If I could change something about Sioux Falls, I would get Uber so one could have a way of getting home after going downtown and drinking.
Wonderful weather with plenty of wildlife. It's a big city with a small town feel. There is a plethora of affordable apartments to start living in. The commute is always easy and there is little to no traffic. I moved here from Arizona and I love the traffic here! The longest I've had to wait in traffic is 5 minutes and only once did it come to a stand still situation. Although the traffic is wonderful here, the construction is terrible. Construction is everywhere and the routs for construction are planned out way ahead of time making unnecessary detours and extra traffic.