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Best Cities For Retirees in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Filled with national parks and landmarks to amaze just about anyone looking to enjoy nature, South Dakota is a great place to call home. It’s also home to Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. From theme parks to artistic marvels, there’s a little something for everyone in South Dakota. Here are some of the best cities for retirees in South Dakota!


Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota and is on the list of fastest-growing cities in the United States. There are a number of events that occur to keep everyone busy, including a celebration on the first Friday of every month, which is full of live music and special events from local restaurants and stores. With a great mass transit system, it’s simple to live a fast-paced yet relaxing retirement.

Rapid City

Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it’s home to the famous Mount Rushmore. Art and theater lovers can also enjoy the thriving creative community.



Aberdeen is home to a wide variety of ages, from families to senior citizens. It is also the birthplace of the Super 8 hotel, where it has been since it was first opened in 1972. In addition, Storybook Land features attractions from several different children’s stories, including The Wizard of Oz.


Harrisburg is a suburb of Sioux Falls and has a population of just over 4,000. This little suburb has an extremely low crime rate, so it’s also a safe place to call home! has all the best traits of a small town, with the conveniences of being close to the big city.


With a tiny population of only about 1,000, it is the classic look of a small town. It has a beautiful main street with all the older-looking shops, a clock tower at the end, and a total area of the town of just over 1 square mile. This little town is home to the Turner County Fair, which is the oldest county fair in South Dakota, having started in 1880. Of all the little towns in South Dakota, these folks truly seem to be the friendliest!

55 Plus Communities in South Dakota

Sioux Falls South Dakota Retirement Community Waterford at All Saints
This five-acre, park-like campus, established in 1996, offers many styles of maintenance-free apartment living, including bright and comfortable studios, and one or two-bedroom apartments, some with dens. A wide array of lifestyle options, hospitality services, and amenities cater to people who are fully independent as well as those who may need various levels of assistance, including Assisted Living, Respite Care, and Memory Care.


Trail Ridge Retirement Community – Trail Ridge is Sioux Falls’ premier retirement community nestled on 18 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the largest and fastest-growing city in South Dakota. The campus features independent apartment homes and assisted living.

Originally published November 03, 2023

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