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South Dakota Towns Rate High for Livabilty

PHOTO: A new survey shows cities in South Dakota are good places to live. Photo credit: Greater Dakota News Service.
PHOTO: A new survey shows cities in South Dakota are good places to live. Photo credit: Greater Dakota News Service.
April 22, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The AARP Public Policy Institute has released findings of its Livability Index, a feature that allows people to see how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. The index will measure down to the neighborhood level on a number of important metrics.

Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP South Dakota, said it is an important tool for people to check out where they live - or want to live.

"It's a tool that, really, you can think about what do you love about your town right now, what do you think you will need in five or ten years, and those needs will probably change," she said. "This tool is a way you can go online, check out what's going on and maybe places where your town needs to do a little bit better if you want to stick around."

Jennings said the index uses 50 national sources of data. South Dakota did pretty well, she said, with Sioux Falls and Rapid City getting high marks. She said Sioux Falls scored in the top 10 in a couple of areas.

"Sioux Falls made the list nationally as the No. 3 medium-size city to live in overall, had the third highest score of all medium cities across the country," she said. "Then in addition, the downtown Sioux Falls area was No. 6 overall across the country for the best neighborhood to live in."

Jennings said this index can be used to attract people to a state such as South Dakota.

The index is available online at aarp.org/livabilityindex.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD