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

  • November 11, 2020

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.