When you're looking at where to spend your 'golden years'  look no further than Sioux Falls.

South Dakota's largest city is in the top 40 on a list of the best places to retire in America.

To compile the list, WalletHub looked at data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2022 Retirement Confidence Survey and Gallup polls to rank 200 cities in affordability, activities, quality of life, and health care.

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Sioux Falls landed at 39th on the list thanks to a number three-ranking nationally in health care. The city's showing in the other three categories wasn't as stellar - 67th in quality of life, 101st in affordability, and 132nd in activities.

One interesting sidenote for Sioux Falls. The city has the third highest percentage of employees age 65 and older, behind a pair of Texas towns - Plano and Irving.

Minnesota was well represented with Minneapolis checking in at number 12 overall. Minneapolis has top 20 rankings in activities (4th) and health care (20th).

Iowa just squeaked into the top 100 with Cedar Rapids at 95th overall.


  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Wilmington, Delaware
  9. Tampa, Florida
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah


  1. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  2. Newark, New Jersey
  3. San Bernadino, California
  4. Rancho Cucamonga, California
  5. Stockton, California
  6. Detroit, Michigan
  7. Vancouver, Washington
  8. Baltimore, Maryland
  9. Wichita, Kansas
  10. Lubbock, Texas

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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