Key Rankings for Sioux Falls

Falls Park, downtown Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is considered one of America’s great small cities. For Augustana students, it's a laboratory for internships, clinical practice, student teaching, and part- and full-time employment. Learn what others are saying about Sioux Falls:

Key Rankings:

  • For eight straight years,
    Sioux Falls has been identified as either #1 or #2 for “best small
    metro for business and careers," according to Forbes.com (2012).
     
  • Gallup’s annual “Well-Being Index” ranks South Dakota the No. 2
    most content state in the U.S.
    and lists Sioux Falls among the
    top five small communities in the U.S.
     
  • The ranking organization “Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America” lists Sioux Falls at No. 9 nationwide.
     
  • Prevention.com tracks Sioux Falls at No. 1 in terms of people ranking their own health as “good or better.”  The city also got high marks for easy commutes, low crime and unemployment, and good access to health insurance.
     
  • TheStreet included Sioux Falls on its list of the 10 cities that best embody the American Dream, after looking at its employment data, home prices, livability, friendliness toward the business community and the economic stability of its business bases. (2011).
     
  • 92% of residents surveyed in Sioux Falls say the city is a good or excellent place to live, according to the National Citizen Survey, a professional research firm that collects survey data for approximately 500 cities (2010).
     
  • With a population of 162,300, Sioux Falls has grown by almost 28,000 people during the last ten years and has shown a 1.64 percent average annual increase during that same period.
     
  • Sioux Falls was included in Fortune Small Business’ inaugural list of the 100 best places to live and launch. Cities were ranked on a range of criteria, including housing prices, schools, cultural and recreational attractions, quality of labor force, taxes and regulatory climate. The city was lauded for its business-friendly tax structure and ranked number 45 overall (2008).
     
  • CareerBuilder.com announced that Sioux Falls is the number one place in the U.S. to find a job (2008).
     
  • America’s Promise Alliance named Sioux Falls as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.
     
  • Forbes.com also ranks Sioux Falls as having the third cleanest water in the country (2008).
     
  • The national unemployment rate in April 2013 is 7.5 percent and Sioux Falls' rate is 3.7 percent.
     
  • Sioux Falls moved up the ranks in Inc.com’s best U.S. cities for doing business, coming in at number 51 overall and number 29 on the list of the top small cities (2008).
     
  • Insurance giant Allstate acknowledges the quality of life in Sioux Falls in their annual “America’s Best Drivers Report.” Sioux Falls has ranked number one for four straight years (2009).
     
  • South Dakota has the nation's most attractive tax system for small businesses and entrepreneurs, according to The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council's Business Tax Index 2009. The state was named in December 2009 as "the friendliest place for entrepreneurship."
     
  • Sioux Falls has been ranked in the top ten cities its size by a national consulting firm as one of the best places for young professionals to live and work. Next Generation Consulting (NGC) studied residential and relocation patterns of 20- to 40-year-olds and interviewed 39,000 young professionals to determine Sioux Falls ranked eighth among cities between 100,000 and 200,000 people. Cities were scored based on seven indexes: earning, learning, vitality, around town, after hours, cost of lifestyle, and social capital.

See Sioux Falls' quality of life in this video from the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau.