If you're looking for a place where things go bump in the night and unexplained frights are a common occurrence, Sioux Falls not the place for you.

A newly released study shows that South Dakota's largest city is one of the worst in America for ghost sightings.

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In the lead up to Twilight Zone Day (May 11), Lawn Love compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on four categories:

  • Paranormal sightings
  • Bigfoot sightings
  • Haunted sites
  • Paranormal conventions and events

Using that data, they compiled a list of the Best Cities for Paranormal Activity.

Sioux Falls trails only West Valley, Utah as the wost cities for paranormal activity in America.


  1. West Valley City, Utah
  2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. Hampton, Virginia
  5. Overland Park, Kansas
  6. Olathe, Kansas
  7. Orange, California
  8. Surprise, Arizona
  9. Boise, Idaho
  10. Lakewood, Colorado

Sioux Falls poor showing can be traced back to two areas:  Ranking 199th (out of 200) in 'Lifestyle' cagtegory, which consists of UFO-Lover Friendliness, Witch-Friendliness, Vampire-Friendliness, and the Zombie Survival Index.

The city also tied for first with five other cities (Oakland, California; Bridgeport, Connecticut;  Columbus, Georgia; Irving, Texas; Paterson, New Jersey) for having the fewest paranormal societies and investigative organizations.

But don't let Sioux Falls' poor showing make you think we a lack of our very own spooky places.

TravelSouthDakota.com has four Sioux Falls locations on its list of The Haunted Indoors of South Dakota:

Iowa's Capital City didn't fare much better than Sioux Falls for ghostbusting. Des Moines is one of the 30 worst for paranormal activity in America

Minnesota's two largest cities also landed at the bottom half of the list.

St. Paul checked in 118th, with Minneapolis not too far behind at number 125.

Some of the country's biggest places are also the most haunted.


  1. Los Angeles, California
  2. New York, New York
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. San Diego, California
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. Philadelphia, Pensylvania
  7. San Antonio, Texas
  8. Dallas, Texas
  9. Indianapolis, Indiana
  10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Sioux Falls: Then and Now

The City of Sioux Falls has changed dramatically over the past several years. Some of the streets, landscapes, and neighborhoods look vastly different than just 10-15 years ago.

Here's a look at Sioux Falls, then-and-now. See if you can recognize some of these old buildings, businesses, and city streets.

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

See Inside the Sioux Falls 'Castle on 22nd Street'

I don't know when I first saw the home, nor do I remember when I started lovingly referring to it as the "Castle on 22nd Street." I only know that I did and have referred to that Sioux Falls house as such for about 20 years now.

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