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Retire in Sioux Falls, South Dakota?
Overview: On the Great Plains of southeastern South Dakota, clean, safe and comfortable Sioux Falls, known as Sufu by locals, receives good reviews. It sits along Interstate 90, Interstate 29 and the Big Sioux River and has grown by 70% within the last decade or so.
Much of this growth has come in the form of white collar workers who have relocated with major financial companies, including Wells Fargo and Citibank. These businesses have chosen to base their activities in South Dakota because the state does not have a corporate income tax. Thanks to this robust financial sector, the city has a healthy economy, and it is well managed. Residents enjoy more than 70 parks and green spaces, including beautiful Falls Park, which has waterfalls and walking pathways. Green spaces also line much of the river. The well-kept, inviting downtown has short and tall, red and blond brick buildings that house offices, restaurants, banks, coffee shops, bookstores, craft breweries, galleries, design stores, courtyard cafes, the main library and more.
The Old Courthouse Museum, the Pettigrew Home, the Museum and Center for Western Studies at Augustana College and the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History are open year round. City events include the Artist of the Plains Show, downtown's First Fridays, a Sculpture Walk, the popular Empire Fair, the Jazz and Blues Fest and car shows. Husby Performing Arts Center hosts the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and professional theater performances. Empire Mall has 180 stores, including J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears. The city has a handful of golf courses, too.
Neighborhoods are quiet, laid out on grids and have mostly ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers.
Population: 172,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 7% below the national average
Median Home Price: $154,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the single digits, teens and 20s. On average, the area receives 24 inches of rain and 45 inches of snow annually.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by the Joint Commission? Yes. The city has four very good hospitals. It also has a VA hospital.
Public Transit: Yes, and Sioux Falls Regional Airport is served by five airlines.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has five locations.
Political Leanings: Slightly conservative
Is South Dakota Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The air quality is below the national average.
Notes: Sioux Falls is a friendly, welcoming city. While the crime rate is below the national average, some areas of town are not as nice as others and have higher crime rates.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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