Sioux Falls continues to grow. City leaders say 3,500 more people moved to town in 2013. Over the years the average age of residents has been on a slow up-tick but the area is still popular for young professionals and families.
There are many reasons to make a move, for Katie Parr, it was all about love, and finding a job. While she came to Sioux Falls eight months ago to be closer to her boyfriend, she also knew the city was a place of opportunity.
"Of course, living eight hours apart is a little difficult, coming here was a really good move for that. Also, the job market is phenomenal compared to Peoria, IL. Where I'm from, it's not that good. It was a very big change for me and I had so much more opportunity here as opposed to back home," Parr said.
Parr took a leap and arrived before finding employment. Two weeks later, she landed a gig at the Brennan Rock N' Roll Academy.
Community Development Director Darrin Smith says a wealth of jobs is just part of what's attracting new people to Sioux Falls and helping to build a solid workforce.
"When you average 3,000-4,000 new people a year in the community as Sioux Falls has really for many years, we've been very consistent, very stable. That helps," Smith said.
From record construction to new housing, there's a lot going on within city limits.
"Especially with the District opening. There's a lot of venues where you can go see bands, hang out at coffee shops. It's a great young person town," Parr said.
The 2010 census found the average age of Sioux Falls residents was 33.6 years old. Parr hopes to one day start a family and a business here. Until then, she says there's never a shortage of things to do with her boyfriend and she always feels safe and secure.
"There's so much more activities to do, a lot more variety in churches. Restaurants, we've got plenty of fancy restaurants to go to. There's more opportunity for the romantic side of things as well," Parr said.
The city's population currently sits at 162,300, an increase of 28,000 over the last decade.