Sioux Falls: the State's Largest City

At Augustana, we engage the vast resources of Sioux Falls, one of America’s great small cities, as a laboratory for internships, clinical practice, student teaching, and part- and full-time employment.

Welcome to the state’s largest city, home to some of the region’s largest health care centers, Fortune 500 businesses and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit.

With an estimated population of 173,300 – more than 240,000 with its suburbs – a robust economy, countless outdoor activities, hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops and stores, sought-after internship and clinical opportunities and a vibrant entertainment scene, Sioux Falls is a great place to spend four years.

Here's what others are saying about Sioux Falls:

  • Personal finance site WalletHub ranked Sioux Falls as the 4th best city in America to find a job in 2015, with the lowest nationwide unemployment for those who hold bachelor’s degrees.
  • For 10 straight years, Sioux Falls has been identified within top 5 in nation for “best small metro for business and careers," according to (2014).
  • The City of Sioux Falls and Mayor Mike Huether were featured in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Free Enterprise online publication for "why people should move to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a city with a booming job market, a very low cost of living, and a high quality of life."
  • Gallup’s annual “Well-Being Index” ranks South Dakota the No. 2 most content state in the U.S. and lists Sioux Falls among the top five small communities in the U.S.
  • The ranking organization “Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America” lists Sioux Falls at No. 9 nationwide.
  • tracks Sioux Falls at No. 1 in terms of people ranking their own health as “good or better.”  The city also got high marks for easy commutes, low crime and unemployment, and good access to health insurance.
  • TheStreet included Sioux Falls on its list of the 10 cities that best embody the American Dream, after looking at its employment data, home prices, livability, friendliness toward the business community and the economic stability of its business bases. (2011).
  • 92% of residents surveyed in Sioux Falls say the city is a good or excellent place to live, according to the National Citizen Survey, a professional research firm that collects survey data for approximately 500 cities (2010).
  • With a population of 162,300, Sioux Falls has grown by almost 28,000 people during the last ten years and has shown a 1.64 percent average annual increase during that same period.
  • Sioux Falls was included in Fortune Small Business’ inaugural list of the 100 best places to live and launch. Cities were ranked on a range of criteria, including housing prices, schools, cultural and recreational attractions, quality of labor force, taxes and regulatory climate. The city was lauded for its business-friendly tax structure and ranked number 45 overall (2008).
  • announced that Sioux Falls is the number one place in the U.S. to find a job (2008).
  • America’s Promise Alliance named Sioux Falls as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.
  • also ranks Sioux Falls as having the third cleanest water in the country (2008).
  • In December 2014, for instance, its 3.1% unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the then-national rate of 5.6%.
  • Sioux Falls moved up the ranks in’s best U.S. cities for doing business, coming in at number 51 overall and number 29 on the list of the top small cities (2008).
  • Insurance giant Allstate acknowledges the quality of life in Sioux Falls in their annual “America’s Best Drivers Report.” Sioux Falls has ranked number one for four straight years (2009).
  • South Dakota has the nation's most attractive tax system for small businesses and entrepreneurs, according to The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council's Business Tax Index 2009. The state was named in December 2009 as "the friendliest place for entrepreneurship."
  • Sioux Falls has been ranked in the top ten cities its size by a national consulting firm as one of the best places for young professionals to live and work. Next Generation Consulting (NGC) studied residential and relocation patterns of 20- to 40-year-olds and interviewed 39,000 young professionals to determine Sioux Falls ranked eighth among cities between 100,000 and 200,000 people. Cities were scored based on seven indexes: earning, learning, vitality, around town, after hours, cost of lifestyle, and social capital.

Watch Mayor Mike Huether on Sioux Falls and Augustana


View the quality of life in Sioux Falls by seeing this video from the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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