Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a city of roughly 187,000 inhabitants. It is located “East River,” as the locals say, meaning that it is in the part of South Dakota that lies east of the Missouri River. In fact, Sioux Falls is almost as far east as you can go in South Dakota, and it is near the border with Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Nearly 30% of South Dakota’s population is concentrated in Sioux Falls. The pace of life is more relaxed in Sioux Falls than many cities this size. For example, the average commute time for workers here is only 17 minutes, compared with the U.S. average of 26 minutes.
The Sioux Falls Housing Market
The median listing price for homes in Sioux Falls is around $185,000, which is significantly lower than the U.S. median home value of approximately $225,000. The overall cost of living is also about 5% lower than the national average. There are plenty of single-family houses on the market here, as well as several condominiums and townhouses. If you’re looking for vacant land to build on, you’ll be happy to know that Sioux Falls has plenty of that, too.
The Perks of Living in Sioux Falls
South Dakota is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. The city of Sioux Falls boasts 30 miles of paved bicycle and multi-use trails (known as the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail) that run right through Falls Park and downtown. If you don’t feel like getting a workout but still want to experience all that Sioux Falls has to offer, you can always explore the Great Plains Zoo, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Butterfly House and Aquarium (check out the in-tank pop-up dome), Japanese Gardens, Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, Good Earth State Park and, of course, Falls Park itself. In a city like Sioux Falls, there’s always something new to see.