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NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site, ranked Yankton No. 1 in the state followed by Mitchell, Elk Point, North Sioux City, Tea, Watertown, Volga, Harrisburg, Spearfish and Aberdeen.

NerdWallet used state and federal data to rank cities based on their public schools, median home value, ongoing cost of homeownership, median income and economic growth. Only places with a population greater than 2,000 were considered.

The following was included on NerdWallet’s site to help explain Mitchell’s ranking.

“Mitchell is the seat of Davison County, about an hour’s drive from Sioux Falls. The community has an excellent school system, as it graduated 93.4 percent of its students this past academic year — over 10 points higher than the state rate. Adults, too, have opportunities for education. Dakota Wesleyan University has an MBA program designed specifically for entrepreneurs who want to work small, non-publicly traded businesses.”