It certainly is not as easy to run a city of any size as it once was.

Rising infrastructure costs, increased population, and elevated crime rates have made the task of keeping cities moving forward quite a challenge in some places.

But not in South Dakota.

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WalletHub set out to determine which are the best run cities in America, looking at six key areas:

  • Financial Stability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Economy
  • Infrastructure & Pollution

The 149 biggest cities in the country were considered and South Dakota came away in pretty select company.

Downtown Sioux Falls
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The state's largest city, Sioux Falls landed in the top ten overall (#8), with high marks in economy (#21), health (#41), and safety (#44).

The city's lowest score was in infrastructure & pollution (#88).

Rapid City
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South Dakota's second largest city, Rapid City, was also in the Top 20 (#16) with a top ten showing in economy (#6).

The city's lowest score was in health (#142), in part because of the highest infant mortality rate among the ranked cities.

Besides South Dakota, Idaho (1. Nampa; 4. Boise) and New Hampshire (3. Nashua; 13. Manchester) were the only other states with two cities each in the Top 16.


  1. Nampa, Idaho
  2. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
  3. Nashua, New Hampshire
  4. Boise, Idaho
  5. Provo, Utah
  6. Lincoln, Nebraska
  7. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  8. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  9. Las Cruces, New Mexico
  10. Missoula, Montana

Iowa put a pair of cities in the Top 100 - Cedar Rapids (#23) and Des Moines (#73).

Minnesota's two largest cities just barely cracked the Top 100 - St. Paul (#91) and Minneapolis (#96). The two were tied at number-four for best quality roads in America.

San Francisco, with the highest long-term debt outstanding per capita and fifth-worst quality of roads was named the worst run city in America.


  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  3. New York, New York
  4. Cleveland, Ohio
  5. Flint, Michigan
  6. Gulfport, Mississippi
  7. Oakland, California
  8. Hartford, Connecticut
  9. Tacoma, Washington
  10. Detroit, Michigan
  11. Kansas City, Kansas

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