One South Dakota City Listed Among the Most Miserable in the U.S.
If you've spent any amount of time in South Dakota, you'll know it's one of the best places to live in the entire country. From affordable living to ample job opportunities, the Mount Rushmore is easily one of the best places to live and raise a family in the U.S.
With that being said, one South Dakota city has been named one of the 50 Most Miserable Places to Live in the Country. And the reason behind it may surprise you.
The website, Our Health Depot recently put together its list of the 50 Most Miserable Cities in the U.S. Overall Crime Rate, Median Household Income, and Overall Livability were some of the factors it used to determine its list.
Only one city in South Dakota made the list, but it's a town that's been trying for decades to change its reputation.
The West River city of Rapid City landed at number 47 on the list of Most Miserable Cities in the U.S.
The national median household income is approximately $61,000. In contrast, the median household income in Rapid City is just $48,900. On top of that, Rapid City has the most drug arrests per capita in the United States.
This puts the city's crime rate at 38% higher than the national average, giving citizens a 1 in 29 chance that they'll become the victim of a crime at some point. We think Sioux Falls sounds like the much better choice since it is the happiest city in the state.
-Our Health Depot Website
While some of these statistics are hard to ignore, it should be noted that the city of Rapid City has done a lot to improve its reputation in recent decades.
Some of the most fun things to do in Rapid City are:
- Visiting Storybook Island
- Taking the Walk of Presidents
- Touring the Reptile Gardens
- Visiting the South Dakota Air & Space Museum
- Touring the Dinosaur Park
These are just a few of the things that make Rapid City such a special place. So, while Our Health Depot may have it ranked as "miserable", it's really anything but.
Story Sources: Our Health Depot Website