Hardly nowhere, Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota. With a population of around 110,000, the city is also the commercial and medical nexus of the state, not to mention the home of this author.

Home to two universities, Augustana College and University oF Sioux Falls and a ton of sports teams: the Sioux Falls Stampede, a minor league hockey team, the Sioux Falls SkyForce, a CBA basketball team, the Sioux Falls Canaries, a minor league baseball team and the Sioux Falls Cobras, an IFL team.

The name Sioux Falls comes from the series of waterfalls which reside in the city. The Big Sioux River flows through Sioux Falls. Near the middle of the city is Falls Park, home of the falls.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Sioux Falls was -36F. The hottest temperature: 110F. Normal precip for the Sioux Falls area is 23.51"/yearly.

Sioux Falls features a relatively low cost of living. Compared to the rest of SD however, it is more expensive to live here.

The median residential home cost in 4th quarter 1998 was $110,300. The monthly apartment rent averages between $400-$650 for a 2 bedroom down to $275-$400 for an efficiency. The composite cost of living index is 94.8.

In 1998, 650 single family homes were constructed. New home prices ranged from $81,000 to $800,000+.

The unemployment rate for Sioux Falls, according to 1998 South Dakota Department of Labor statistics was 1.2%.

Major employers:
Sioux Valley Hospital 3,554
Citibank 3,200
John Morrell & Company 3,000
McKennan Hospital 2,750
Sioux Falls School District 1,928
Hutchinson Technology 1,850
Gateway 2000 1,800
Midwest Coast Transport 1,430
Hy-Vee Food Stores 1,125
SPS Payment Systems 1,100
Norwest Bank 1,020
City of Sioux Falls 882
The Evangelical Good Samaritan Society 884
Central Plains Clinic 851
Sunshine Food Stores 850
Specialized Card Services 800
Sioux Vocational Services 730
Royal C. Johnson Memorial Veterans Hospital 700
Raven Industries 700
First Premier Bank 615
U.S. West 589
Dakota King 560
U.S. Postal Service 550
Lewis Drug, Inc. 500
Bankfirst 500
Communication Services for the Deaf 500
LodgeNet Entertainment 494
Dayton's / Target 475
StarMark 453

More information can be found at http://www.siouxfalls.org.

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