Sometimes living in our part of the world means doing without some of the things that come with the trappings of bigger places around the country.

But that's not always a bad thing.

Take traffic for instance. Every place has some, but around here it is far more manageable than in a lot of other states.

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That's why it's not a huge surprise that two states in the Tri-State Area (South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota) have some of the shortest commutes in America

Researchers from looked at data on windshield time in all 50 states and came up with a list that reveals which have the shortest one-way commute times.

South Dakota is right there are the top of the list with an average commute time of just  17.4 minutes, which is almost half of the national average (26.9 minutes).

It was just last year that a South Dakota city actually topped the list of shortest commutes (Aberdeen - 10.9 minutes)

Neighboring Iowa is also one of eight states with an average commute time of less than 20 minutes each way. The Hawkeye State's average commute is 19.7 minutes, which is seventh-best in the nation.

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  1. South Dakota: 17.4
  2. North Dakota: 17.5
  3. Wyoming: 18.3
  4. Montana: 19.1
  5. Nebraska: 19.3
  6. Kansas: 19.6
  7. Iowa: 19.7
  8. Alaska: 19.8
  9. Utah: 21.4
  10. Idaho: 21.6

In case you're wondering, Minnesota's average commute time is 22.2 minutes, which is the 13th best in America.


  1. New York: 31.4
  2. Maryland: 29.3
  3. New Jersey: 28.6
  4. California: 27.6
  5. Massachusetts: 27.5
  6. Georgia: 27.1
  7. Florida: 27.1
  8. Illinois: 26.8
  9. Virginia: 26.4
  10. Washington: 26.0

10 Wealthiest Cities in South Dakota

Where are the wealthiest communities in the state? Well, according to a recent study by Homesnacks, the top spot is located right here in the Sioux Empire.

Ten Most Disappointing Minnesota Sports Seasons

The 2021 Minnesota Twins entered the season with high expectations, but unfortunately, they've made the list of most disappointing Minnesota teams of all time.

Disappointment is a common feeling for Minnesota sports fans as the years continue. Following the NBA Championship win for Milwaukee, SportsCenter was quick to point out that Minnesota has the current longest streak of seasons without a championship appearance in the four major sports (MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL). The Minnesota Lynx also chimed in on the stat after claiming four championships since 2011.

The ten teams that are on this list all follow a similar pattern. The year prior was either a great season with a playoff run or one that featured a strong core of players that appeared to have taken the next step. Offseason/preseason expectations were high with even Las Vegas oddsmakers believing in a deep run. Unfortunately, those preseason expectations fell short for the following teams. None of the teams listed below made the playoffs.

Have You Ever Explored the 'War Eagle Monument' on the South Dakota/Iowa Border?

Originally being from the Sioux City area, I grew up knowing about the War Eagle Monument perched on a bluff along I-29. There was at least one field trip for every kid in the area to the monument.

However, speaking with folks from Sioux Falls, they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. All they know about I-29 in Sioux City was that it was usually under construction.

When crossing into Iowa from South Dakota on I-29, look up!

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