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Best Cities 2010: Sioux Falls, SD

City: Sioux Falls

State: South Dakota

Best Cities Overall Rank: 11

About Sioux Falls: This former cow town has some of the nation's best parklands with over 2,913 acres of dedicated land.

While the city is seen as the state's cultural center, it still maintains a low crime rate, rare traffic congestion, and little pollution. With a 13 to 1 pupil to teacher ratio, their education system is excellent.

County: Minnehaha

Population: 154,997

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city:  Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Argus Leader

Sioux Falls blogs:

Dude to Dad

Dakota Women

Sioux Falls Frugal Mom

Sioux Falls's Twitter page: Follow Sioux Falls on Twitter


Education rank: 60

High School graduation rate 2008: 85.59%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.29

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.65

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 257

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,455


Health rank: 3

Quality children's hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.29

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 45

Violent Crimes, 2008: 522

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 336.78

Sex Offenders: 452

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 291.62


Economy rank: 3   

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 15.6        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 5.5      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 226.56

Median Home List Price: $159,900                        


Recreation Rank:  29

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,913         

Parkland per 100,000: 1,879.39