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Sioux Falls, SD

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Commonly known as “The Heart of America,” Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a big city with the heart and soul of a small town. With thousands of happy residents who call this city home, and thousands more that move here each year, industry and culture are booming in Sioux Falls. In fact, this is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Getting Around in Sioux Falls, SD

As most people can attest, downtown Sioux Falls is a great place to ditch the car and take to the streets by foot. Aside from this section of town, however, the 76-square-mile city is a bit too large to navigate without the assistance of a car. Because of this, most people who live here prefer the convenience of having their own cars. For those who prefer to use public transportation, Sioux Falls has been expanding its bus system over the past few years, and with plans to add even more busses and lines, the Sioux Area Metro busses will soon be taking passengers anywhere they need to go.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Sioux Falls is:
15 to 19 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.16%
  • 3.38%
  • 0.34%

Sioux River

<p>Sioux Falls gets its name from the picturesque waterfalls of the nearby Sioux River, which can be viewed from Falls Park. The park covers 123 acres and has paved walking trails that make it easy to meander along the river. There are also a number of historical points of interest on site, including the old Queen Bee Mill, which sits along the eastern bank of the Sioux River. The mill was state-of-the-art when it was built in 1881, full of all the latest equipment and contraptions, but unfortunately its wheels ground to a halt a mere 2 years after its doors first opened. Fortunately, this historic building adds to the charm of the park, even if it doesn't add to the town's grain reserves.</p>


<p>The annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival, or JazzFest for short, is one of the most popular events in the area. Since its first show in 1988, JazzFest has grown considerably and now spans an entire weekend, drawing crowds of around 100,000. Big name blues and jazz musicians, including the Neville Brothers and Los Lobos, frequent the stages, making this a festival that you won't want to miss. In fact, it's even been named one of the top 100 events in the United States. JazzFest is free to the public, thanks to generous local sponsors, and is held each year on the third weekend in July.</p>


<p>Festivals come and go but the arts are always alive in Sioux Falls. Over the past decade, the city has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts, as new jobs have led to a growing population that appreciates art and culture. That's why the artistic citizens of Sioux Falls started SculptureWalk, an outdoor exhibition that's open to the public year round. The sculptures are on loan from local artists and are changed out each year. To support these local artists, the city buys one sculpture each year, based on votes from residents, and places that sculpture in its permanent collection.</p>