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South Dakota

Sioux Falls

Nearest city: Sioux Falls
Population: 140,811
Median household income: $65,637

Sioux Falls, the state's largest city, has a low crime rate and affordable housing. The city's cultural events include the two-day Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival, which takes place each summer.

Runner-up:
Rapid City

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