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.

KXRB logo
Get our free mobile app

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.

Dakota News Now
Dakota News Now

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.

To see the full list from Our Health Depot, check out the article, here.

Story Sources: Our Health Depot Website

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by Moneyinc.com

More From KXRB