With an exceptional livability score of 83, Sturgis ranks better than 93 percent of areas in the U.S. The county seat of Meade County, Sturgis boasts small-town charm and easy access to an abundance of outdoor activities. Every August, throngs of bikers from across the globe descend upon the town for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the biggest annual events of its kind in the world. Great amenities and fantastic scenery attract visitors year-round, as well. Sturgis is prized for its low cost of living and a strong job market.
#9 Best Cities After Military Service
Servicemembers transitioning from active duty to civilian life and veterans will find a welcoming community in Spearfish, which ranks in the Top 10 cities for individuals and families following their military careers. The ranking is based upon 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness, including income, unemployment rates, proximity to VA hospitals and military bases, and quality of life.
One of the Most Secure Places to Live (Small Towns)
Safety and security are important factors in choosing where to live, work, and raise a family, and Sturgis repeatedly makes the cut. For small towns (those with a population of less than 150,000), Sperling’s BestPlaces looked at factors such as crime statistics, natural disaster risks, air quality, environmental hazards, housing depreciation, life expectancy, and more. Sturgis was ranked #14 in 2010 and #13 in 2011.
#100 Least Stressful City
Americans are under constant stress and uncertainty. There are a lot of factors that contribute to stress, including lifestyle, environment, and employment. In a list of the 117 smallest metro areas in the U.S., ranked from most to least stressful, Sturgis was listed at a favorable #100.
#117 Best Green Cities
Examining data in five major categories including air and watershed quality, power usage, farmers markets, organic producers, and green-certified buildings, Sperling’s BestPlaces named Sturgis #117 in 2007.