South Dakota's largest city comes in at #5 for Best Small Places for Business and Careers.
Forbe's considers 12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. They also factor in quality of life issues like crime rates, cultural and recrational opportunties and net migration patterns. Finally they include the number of highly ranked colleges in an area per their annual college rankings. (July 2014)
Sioux Falls featured as one of five cities where America works on CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS.
With one of the lowest national unemployement rates, Sioux Falls offers employment in popular fields including financial, medical, agriculture and industry. For more information on CNN's Website click here. For full video click read more below. (July 2014)
Looking to move to a great city with your family? WalletHub names Sioux Falls the 2nd best city among 150 of the largest cities in the US.
WalletHub.com compared the 150 largest cities in the United States based on 31 key metrics that take into account essential family dynamics including the availability of quality jobs, the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and health care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation. (June 2014)
Breathe deeply in Sioux Falls because the American Lung Association named Sioux Falls one of the cleanest ozones for metropolitan areas in the country.
The State of the Air 2014 report examines particle pollution (short term and long term) along with the reduction in ozone air emissions. Sioux Falls ranked number 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for Ozone. (April 2014)
WalletHub.com names Sioux Falls the best US city for Wallet Wellness.
WalletHub.com compared the 150 largest cities in the United States in terms of 8 key metrics designed to gauge the responsibility with which consumers manage both their finances and their lifestyles as well as the extent to which local dynamics promote wealth creation and upward mobility. Key metrics included median household income-adjusted for cost of living, median household Income compared to medianhome price, rank in WalletHub’s Best & Worst Cities for Job Seekers Report, economic mobility rank, average commute time, average credit score, and well-being index. (April 2014)
Looking to lower your taxes? Move to Sioux Falls. The city boasts the 5th lowest taxed city in the US.
The District of Columbia's Office of Revenue Analysis noted Sioux Falls has holding the 5th lowest taxed city. the office reviewed the estimated property, sales, auto and income taxes for a hypothetical family at various income levels in 2012 in the largest city within each state. "The low tax burden in Sioux Falls is partly due to the absence of a state income tax." (April 2014)
Walking around Sioux Falls after sunset? Gallup-Healthways names the city one of the safest to walk at night.
Gallups-Healthways surveyed residents in metropolitan areas on several issues including smoking, obesity, healthy habits and job satisfaction. Sioux Falls ranked in the top five cities for safe walking at night. (March 2014)
Gallup's annual Well-Being Index ranks South Dakota in top 2 most content states in U.S. and top 5 small communities in the U.S.
Respondents from South Dakota were among the most likely people in the U.S. to report good emotional health. More than 86 percent of those surveyed reported smiling or laughing within the past 24 hours, second-highest in the U.S. Meanwhile, 90 percent reported enjoying a large portion of their day, and more than 93 percent felt happy during the previous 24 hours, both more than any other state. The state's 3.6 percent unemployment rate in December tied for the second lowest in the U.S. Not only did much of the workforce have a job, but also people in the state were more likely to enjoy their work environment than residents of any other state except for neighboring North Dakota. (February 2014)
Ranking in the top ten, Trivago.com names Sioux Falls a Best Value US Destination for 2014.
For a domestic vacation that won’t break the bank this year, check out these 50 affordable hidden gems. Hotel search trivago.com has compiled a list of the best value destinations on home turf for 2014. Based on the yearly average overnight price of a standard double room, combined with the destinations’ overall hotel reputation (based on over 82 million traveler reviews), the index showcases the country’s tops in terms of delivering the biggest bang for your buck on vacation. (February 2014)
Sioux Falls noted as 4th fastest-growing economy prepared by IHS Global Insight.
IHS Global Insight prepared for The United States Conference of Mayors and The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. The study looks at ovre 250 metropolitan areas in the United States and factors the gross metro product, employment growth rates and unemployment, and several other key economic equations to garner results. (January 2014)
Move over Silicon Valley, Sioux Falls is promised as one of ten top tech hubs to watch in 2014
Techie.com looked at several factors including: Cities that have, or are building out physical infrastructure including fiber optic rings; offer lower costs for utilities; and have available and low-cost office space; presence of high-tech industrial parks and incubators/accelerators; a “startup culture” evident with smaller, informal meetups, “startup weekends” and co-working spaces; people who are willing and anxious to spread the word about why their city is on the rise; presence of one or more universities; and support from city government with innovative programs designed to encourage tech startup growth. (January 2014)
Sioux Falls noted as eighth best mid-sized city to move to.
Movoto Real Estate Blog looked at desirable factors including the number of homes for sale per capita, cost of living index, unemployment rate, median household income, crime rate and school quality. Sioux Falls was specifically noted as one of the lowest cities in America for unemployment. (December 2013)
Coming in at #5, Sioux Falls is a great place for early retirement.
Noted as the most affordable city on the list, Kiplinger looked at cost of living, crime rates, percentage of the population between 45 and 64, city population and a look at the state's retiree tax picture. Kiplinger noted several other accolades Sioux Falls has recieved over the past year. (October 2013)
Sioux Falls tops list of best cities for successful aging.
The Milken Institute's Best Cities for Successful Aging index identifies what metros are doing right and creates a path other communities can follow to help seniors remain healthy, active and engaged. The report looks at several dozen factors including cost of living, healthcare affordability, community engagement, crime rates and unemployment rate to name a few. (September 2013)
25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America includes Sioux Falls tallying in at #9.
Of the 100 cities Prevention.com tracked, Sioux Falls ranked No. 1 in terms of people ranking their own health as "good or better." It also got high marks for easy commutes, low crime and unemployment, and access to health insurance. The website painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness, and well-being to find the healthiest, happiest cities in America.
Other measures included access to green space and concert halls to number of farmers' markets (not to mention the inclination to eat five fruits and veggies a day). They also looked at the grim: disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates, even FBI crime statistics. (September 2013)
Sioux Falls announced top of list in Forbe's "Best Small Cities for Business and Careers" for 10th time in 11 years.
Forbe's considers 12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. They also factor in quality of life issues like crime rates, cultural and recrational opportunties and net migration patterns. Finally they include the number of highly ranked colleges in an area per their annual college rankings. (August 2013)
Minor sports leagues of Sioux Falls boost the city to #10 in top Minor League Markets study.
Sioux Falls minor sports leagues were ranked #10 from over 235 city markets in the nation. The study done by Sports Business Daily looked at tenure, attendance, the city's economic ranking were taken into factor. Additional points were awarded to city's with newly built sporting facilities. The only Midwest city to rank higher than Sioux Falls is Des Moines, IA (#8). (August 2013)
Falls Park celebrated for top 25 parks in the United States.
TripAdvisor ranked Falls Park number 25 from an extensive list of public parks throughout the United States. Rated with 4.5 stars out of 5, Falls Park is the number one rated attraction in Sioux Falls via TripAdvisor. The award recognizes the park as a Traveler's Choice 2013 Winner for Parks. (June 2013)
Sioux Falls ranks in top 10 for third consecutive year with a strong metropolitan community
POLICOM, which specializes in analyzing local and state economies, annually ranks the 366 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and 576 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States for “economic strength” - the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in size and quality. The economic strength rankings are created so POLICOM can study the characteristics of strong and weak economies. The highest ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time. (April 2013)
2012 State of Well-Being reports Sioux Falls in the top five small communities.
Gallup and Healthways Well Being Index is comprised of six domains: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic acess. The reports breaks down three city population sizes, ranking over 175 metropolitan cities. South Dakota ranks 12th overall. (March 2013)