Sioux Falls Makes List of Great Places To Retire

Posted on: April 16, 2014

by Sarah Stevenson
Original written for

If you Google “best places to retire,” it seems like everyone’s got an opinion, from bloggers to financial analysts—and often, these lists are populated with the usual suspects: Florida beach towns, dense urban centers with ample conveniences, and Arizona retirement meccas. But what if you or your loved ones are looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, but which still offers safety, security and affordability? A city doesn’t have to be well known as a retirement haven to be senior-friendly. We’ve scoured recent research from, USA Today, and the Milken Institute (a nonprofit think tank) and come up with a list of cities you might not have considered before.

7.  Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls was the Milken Institute’s top pick for small metro areas, in part because of its thriving economy with high employment rates for adults 65 and older. Commute times and unemployment rates are low, investment in public transportation is high, and the service sector is large; that makes Sioux Falls a good choice for seniors looking for a second career. Health care for seniors is also a priority: inpatient expenses are low, many hospitals offer geriatric, rehabilitation, and hospice care, and the city has a strong Medicare enrollment base.

See the complete list here.