Best Places to Live

Sioux Falls, SD

Population: 164,341
LIV
SCORE
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Photo Courtesy of Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ask anyone who lives here and you’ll learn that Sioux Falls, has a lot going for it — the people here are ridiculously friendly, it’s clean, it’s safe and it has a strong economy, just to name a few perks.

Home to roughly 180,000 residents, this city in southeastern South Dakota earned high marks for amenities and infrastructure, like an incredible network of bike paths and parks, plus super short commute times (you can get nearly anywhere in town in 15 minutes or less). There’s a culture of outdoor recreation here, as well as a genuine appreciation for arts and culture. The Washington Pavilion, for instance, is home to two performing arts theaters, a science discovery center, a movie theatre and a visual arts center.

Local Obsession: Talking about the weather, because it gets ridiculously cold here and the winters last from November to April.

Climate Described In 6 Words Or Less: Winters last a long, long time.

Top Industries and Employers: Sioux Falls’ top industries are biomedical, grocery and food processing and manufacturing.

Local Dream Job: Pastry chef at CH Patisserie, a position currently held by Chris Hanmer, who won top chef on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” (among many other awesome accolades!).

Quintessential Meal: All-you-can-eat buffet at Sanaa’s, a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant that locals love.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Caffeinating and catching up with friends at any of the city’s many friendly coffeehouses, including Josiah’s Coffeehouse, Cafe & Bakery and Half Baked.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Taphouse 41, which has a killer happy hour and some of the best burgers in town.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: The Queen Bee imperial honey cream ale at Remedy Brewing. It’s mildly hoppy with just a hint of honey.

Beloved Bookstore: Zandbroz Variety, a huge store with books, gifts and antiques that’s been in downtown Sioux Falls since 1988.

Free Way To Have Fun: Hit up the Sioux Falls Bike Trails, an impressive bike corridor that circles the city and connects many of the city’s 80 public parks.

Truly Hidden Gem: McKennan Park, a historic park with a restored 1926 bandshell, Mediterranean Sunken Gardens, sculptures, a wading pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and more.

- Sarah Kuta

Read more:

Why Sioux Falls Is One of the Best Places to Live in America

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The Best Places to Live in South Dakota

“Whether you’re a young professional or an empty nester, you’ll love it. It’s a little, big city. With all the development and up and coming downtown, it’s a fun time to live here.”

Adam Weber
Pastor at Embrace Church in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD Ranking Data

Civic
63
Demographics
50
Economy
74
Education
62
Health
65
Housing
64
Infrastructure
76