Bussinessweek.com has ranked Gettysburg as the best place to raise your kids in South Dakota.
Nearby city: Pierre
Median family income: $50,624
Avg. school math score: 85.31 (State avg.: 78.94)
Avg. school reading score: 91.05 (State avg.: 78.59)
A small town in South Dakota farm country, Gettysburg offers much for kids and adults alike. The summer holds great swimming and other recreation at the West Whitlock Recreation Area, the schools are some of the best in the state, and the community is tight-knit.
Some of that must also have to do with the top quality legislators they send to Pierre. Assistant Senate Majority leader Corey Brown (who also chairs the appropriations committee) and Assistant majority leader in the House Justin Cronin.