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South Dakota's
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

South Dakota ranks amongst the top states for its overall well-being and happiness, low cost of living, and natural beauties. Mount Rushmore and the Badlands National Park welcome millions of tourists each year and individuals seeking to energize their fitness routines with outdoor recreations. The Missouri River is another natural wonder of the state, perfect for water sport activities and yoga sessions along the water banks.

Interesting things to know about South Dakota: 

  • South Dakota is the fifth least populous state in the United States. 
  • The Jewel Cave in South Dakota is the third-largest cave in the world. 
  • Rodeo is the official sport of South Dakota.
20 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.

20 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

31 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.

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1
Huron, South Dakota
Huron
Fit Score: 77.74

Huron, SD

Population 13,696
Exercise Opportunities 680
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 10

2
Rapid Valley, South Dakota
Rapid Valle.
Fit Score: 77.34

Rapid Valley, SD

Population 9,034
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 10

3
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Aberdeen
Fit Score: 77.21

Aberdeen, SD

Population 28,562
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 9

4
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City
Fit Score: 76.71

Rapid City, SD

Population 75,443
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 10

5
Harrisburg, South Dakota
Harrisburg
Fit Score: 76.45

Harrisburg, SD

Population 6,526
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

6
Tea, South Dakota
Tea
Fit Score: 76.43

Tea, SD

Population 5,624
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

7
Madison, South Dakota
Madison
Fit Score: 75.85

Madison, SD

Population 7,437
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 9

8
Brandon, South Dakota
Brandon
Fit Score: 75.65

Brandon, SD

Population 10,094
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.8
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 9

9
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls
Fit Score: 75.57

Sioux Falls, SD

Population 181,883
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

10
Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell
Fit Score: 75.32

Mitchell, SD

Population 15,680
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 10

11
Pierre, South Dakota
Pierre
Fit Score: 75.09

Pierre, SD

Population 13,980
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 9

12
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Belle Fourc.
Fit Score: 74.8

Belle Fourche, SD

Population 5,602
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.79
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 10

13
Spearfish, South Dakota
Spearfish
Fit Score: 74.67

Spearfish, SD

Population 11,688
Exercise Opportunities 850
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 9

14
Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton
Fit Score: 74.52

Yankton, SD

Population 14,700
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 10

15
Box Elder, South Dakota
Box Elder
Fit Score: 72.22

Box Elder, SD

Population 9,800
Exercise Opportunities 680
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 10

16
Sturgis, South Dakota
Sturgis
Fit Score: 71.78

Sturgis, SD

Population 6,943
Exercise Opportunities 680
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 10

17
Watertown, South Dakota
Watertown
Fit Score: 71.7

Watertown, SD

Population 22,153
Exercise Opportunities 640
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 9

18
Brookings, South Dakota
Brookings
Fit Score: 70.03

Brookings, SD

Population 24,509
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 160
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 130
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

19
Vermillion, South Dakota
Vermillion
Fit Score: 68.05

Vermillion, SD

Population 10,801
Exercise Opportunities 850
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

How Did We Determine the Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles?

We compiled our list of Best Cities for for Fit Lifestyle by looking at 11 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.