A lot of people choose to move to South Dakota, and Sioux Falls in particular for our great quality of life. Things like no state income tax, relatively low cost of living, strong economy, wholesome values, friendly people, good healthcare system, low unemployment rates, clean air, etc.

However, there's a new report out that says we may need to strike the clean air part from the list.

The American Lung Association, recently released a report that states the air quality in the Sioux Falls metro area is worsening. According to Dakota News Now, the report looks at 2020-2022 and reflects the new annual particle pollution standard that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized in February.

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The new report wasn't all bad, there is a bit of good news, it showed the ozone or smog level in the Sioux Falls metro area actually improved over the last report filed. Sioux Falls metro area fell from being ranked 111th-worst in the nation for smog to 116th.

When it comes to poor ozone levels, Minnehaha County averaged 0.3 unhealthy days per year, which by the way was good enough to earn a grade of B.

What is getting worse in terms of air quality for the city of Sioux Falls is Particle Pollution. Dakota News Now reports the Sioux Falls metro area averaged 2 unhealthy days per year, which is a C grade.

That grade moved Sioux Falls from the 59th worst in the nation to 56th.

For the past 25 years, the American Lung Association has been conducting its "State of the Air" report for the entire nation.

When it comes to overall ozone air quality, the city with the worst pollution rating in the nation is Los Angeles, while the city with the best ozone ranking according to the latest report is Albany-Schenectady, New York.

Source: Dakota News Now/American Lung Association

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

Seven Mind-Blowing Wonders' of South Dakota

I think most of us have at least heard of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." We might not be able to rattle them off as easily as McDonald's value menu items, but chances are you've heard of at least some of them, right?

There's the Great Wall of ChinaChichén Itzá, a Mayan City on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. Machu Picchu in Peru. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. The Colosseum in Rome, and finally, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Every state in the nation is known for having a series of natural wonders and signature landmarks. So, I thought I would come up with my own list of the "Seven Wonders of South Dakota."

The following is what I consider to be the signature landmarks, monuments, and natural wonders that are synonymous with the great state of South Dakota. I tried to give both sides of the state a little love while comprising this list.

You might have a few additions...
Let's get started. The Seven Wonders of South Dakota:

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