South Dakota’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The Mount Rushmore State was named after the Dakota and Lakota indigneous tribes that once inhabited the state in large numbers. South Dakota was admitted to the Union in 1889 and is the 5th least populous state in the country. The state is part of both the Midwest and the Great Plains regions. South Dakota is home to beautiful Badlands National Park, a 242,000-acre area of dramatic pinnacles and buttes. 

Interesting facts about South Dakota:

  • South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial was created between 1927 and 1941 by carving the faces of four presidents into a granite mountain in the Black Hills area 
  • The state flower is the pasque flower, a purple perennial herb that grows wild on the South Dakota prairies
  • Famous T-Rex dinosaur Sue was discovered in 1990 near the Badlands of South Dakota
  • Jewel Cave in the Black Hills is the third largest cave in the world
  • The state’s many lakes and rivers give South Dakota more shoreline than Florida

South Dakota is the 17th largest state by area and has just 11 people per square mile. Given the state’s wide open spaces, peaceful sleep would seem like a given. Or is it? Let’s take a look at how folks sleep in cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City and see who tops our list.

26 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

31 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

20 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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Harrisburg, South Dakota
Harrisburg
Sleep Score: 86.09

Harrisburg, SD

Population 6,526
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 80,648
Mentally unhealthy days 2.5
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 2.5
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.5
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 25

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Tea, South Dakota
Tea
Sleep Score: 86.06

Tea, SD

Population 5,624
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 79,978
Mentally unhealthy days 2.5
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 2.5
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.5
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 25

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Brandon, South Dakota
Brandon
Sleep Score: 85.51

Brandon, SD

Population 10,094
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 80,727
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.8
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 28

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Rapid Valley, South Dakota
Rapid Valle.
Sleep Score: 85.17

Rapid Valley, SD

Population 9,034
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 65,861
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 34

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls
Sleep Score: 84.81

Sioux Falls, SD

Population 181,883
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 56,714
Mentally unhealthy days 2.5
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 2.5
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.5
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 25

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Pierre, South Dakota
Pierre
Sleep Score: 84.48

Pierre, SD

Population 13,980
Insufficient Sleep 230
Median Income 56,110
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Brookings, South Dakota
Brookings
Sleep Score: 84.35

Brookings, SD

Population 24,509
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 47,506
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 280
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 130
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 32

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Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City
Sleep Score: 84.27

Rapid City, SD

Population 75,443
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 48,895
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 34

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Madison, South Dakota
Madison
Sleep Score: 84.21

Madison, SD

Population 7,437
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 50,439
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 39

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Spearfish, South Dakota
Spearfish
Sleep Score: 84.13

Spearfish, SD

Population 11,688
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 43,692
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 33

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Box Elder, South Dakota
Box Elder
Sleep Score: 84.05

Box Elder, SD

Population 9,800
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 49,290
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 35

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Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell
Sleep Score: 83.86

Mitchell, SD

Population 15,680
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 45,264
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 280
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 29

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Watertown, South Dakota
Watertown
Sleep Score: 83.79

Watertown, SD

Population 22,153
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 48,485
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 34

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
Aberdeen
Sleep Score: 83.78

Aberdeen, SD

Population 28,562
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 47,506
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Huron, South Dakota
Huron
Sleep Score: 83.51

Huron, SD

Population 13,696
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 44,459
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 170
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 29

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Sturgis, South Dakota
Sturgis
Sleep Score: 83.41

Sturgis, SD

Population 6,943
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 37,388
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 35

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Belle Fourc.
Sleep Score: 83.24

Belle Fourche, SD

Population 5,602
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 41,145
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.79
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 37

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Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton
Sleep Score: 83.12

Yankton, SD

Population 14,700
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 41,727
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Vermillion, South Dakota
Vermillion
Sleep Score: 82.42

Vermillion, SD

Population 10,801
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 34,972
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Food insecurity 170
Unempolyment 33

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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