Sioux Falls Ranks Among the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in America

Out of 227 cities, Sioux Falls ranks No. 11.


Mid-sized cities can be great places to live, offering an urban feel without the congestion. As the pandemic drives some residents out of densely-populated cities, there are smaller metros that perform well across an array of livability metrics.


In the 2020 study, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to find the most livable mid-sized cities nationwide across eight metrics including:  

  • Gini coefficient *  A statistical measurement of income inequality. A Gini coefficient of zero indicates total equality of wealth distribution, while a coefficient of one indicates total inequality of wealth distribution across groups.
  • Median home value change   The percentage change in median home values from 2015 through 2019. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 and 2019 1-year American Community Surveys.
  • Median monthly housing costs * .
  • Percentage of residents below the poverty line *.
  • Median household income * .
  • Unemployment rate  Data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is for July 2020.
  • Percentage of residents without health insurance. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 1-year American Community Survey.
  • Average commute time * 

* Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 1-Year American Community Survey.


Check out the table below:




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