Sioux Falls, SD waterfront

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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#20. Sioux Falls, SD

Situated on the Big Sioux River banks in southeastern South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD has a robust economy, picture-perfect weather for all four seasons, and tons of family-friendly activities and events. The city, home to roughly 190,000 people, is filled with antique shops and boutique small businesses, historical sites, sports and outdoor recreation opportunities and so much more. Plus, residents of this business-friendly community benefit from top-notch schools, excellent health care options and a friendly know-your-neighbor vibe.

Top Colleges/Universities: Augustana University, University of Sioux Falls & Southeast Technical College

Top Industries & Employers: Health care, food processing, manufacturing and finance

Weekend Plans: Grab a cup of coffee and a homemade pastry to go from Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Café, then go window-shopping downtown at stores like Chelsea’s Boutique, Zandbroz Variety and Terra Shepherd Boutique & Apothecary.

Favorite Place to Feast: Crawford’s Bar & Grill, a friendly, welcoming downtown restaurant that also makes a mean Old Fashioned.  

Beloved Beverage: The malts and milkshakes at Phillips Avenue Diner, a retro American diner that also serves up super tasty poutine and chicken and waffles.

Outdoorsy Activity: Ride a bike or rollerblade a section of the Sioux Falls Bike Trail, which makes a 29-mile loop around the entire city.

Rooftop Bar: PAve, a downtown bar and restaurant with regular live music and a large, totally Instagrammable rooftop patio.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Sioux Falls is so dog-friendly that the city built a brand-new dog park right in the middle of downtown, complete with antibacterial artificial turf and drinking fountains. 

Remote Work Perk: You’ll be able to afford all your after-work hobbies in Sioux Falls, which has a low cost of living and a median home value of $194,000. 

One More Thing … Sioux Falls is home to a rare, full-sized reproduction of Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue. David stands tall in Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls. The park is named for Thomas Fawick, a Sioux Falls native who invented the Fawick Flyer four-door automobile.

– Sarah Kuta

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