Community Awards

Aberdeen, South Dakota has long been considered a wonderful community to live, work and play. We are proud to have received the following recognitions over the past few years:


  • Aberdeen featured on Fox Business News “Dakotas: Keeping Good Business Climate”
  • Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department receives George S. Mickelson Great Service Award
  • Aberdeen resident, Tom Hurlbert awarded Dakota Rising Fellowship
  • Aberdeen selected as site for new Area Healthcare Education Center (AHEC) Center at Presentation College
  • Aberdeen, South Dakota – heard on National Public Radio
  • Most Walkable Place in State, Walk Score
  • Northern State Graduate, Lee Ertman wins governor’s Giant Vision Student Competition
  • Northern State University (NSU) ranked in Top 10, “Least expensive public colleges for out-of-state students”, US News and World Report
  • NSU number one attendance in the country for the fourth straight year for Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Number two Most Affordable / Livable Places, Bloomberg Business Week
  • South Dakota named number four Most Enterprising State by US Chamber of Commerce
  • South Dakota number four Best States for Job Seekers,
  • South Dakota tied for fifth “Happiest States” in the nation, Gallup Well-Being Index
  • South Dakota, number one best tax system in country, Business News Daily
  • Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen (and Sportswomen), by Outdoor Life Magazine


  • 100 Best Places for Young People – America’s Promise Alliance
  • Aberdeen was named as a Dakota Rising Site
  • Cacklin’ Community of the Year – South Dakota Department of Tourism
  • From 2010 to the present time, One of “Least Stressed Counties” in the nation, Associated Press Economic Stress Index
  • Molded Fiber Glass in Aberdeen, South Dakota and General Electric send Aberdeen-created wind-blade on cross-country tour to spread word about green energy, “Capture the Wind” tour
  • South Dakota named number three on Top 10 States for Retirement, Money Rates
  • South Dakota number one Business Climate Index in country by Tax Foundation
  • Tree City USA Designation


  • Aberdeen resident and Northern State University Men’s Basketball coach wins Jimmy V Award 2009 for Perseverance at 2009 ESPY awards, ESPN
  • South Dakota number 1 for Entrepreneurship by The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s Small Business Survival Index 2009


  • Community of the Year – State of South Dakota


  • Wylie Park named number two of the Nation’s Top 10 Lawns for Family Fun by Briggs and Stratton