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Sioux Falls is the fifth safest place to walk at night in the nation -- that's according to a Gallup and Healthway poll in USA Today.

Less than a year ago, a poll was released saying 34% of people in Sioux Falls didn't feel safe being downtown after dark.

A new report -- out Tuesday -- ranks Sioux Falls in the top five for safest places to be after dark.

People who work well into the night downtown say they agree. They feel safe when they leave work.

Candice Storley works downtown. Oftentimes, she doesn't  get off work until after midnight. 

As a young woman, she says she is always aware of her surroundings.

 

"I've been out in bigger cities and Sioux Falls is definitely a place where I can walk to my car by myself and feel like I'm not going to be attacked," said Storley.

Storley says it's a breath of fresh air whenever she returns home to Sioux Falls.

"Coming back to Sioux Falls, I'm all the more grateful that I live in such a safe and easygoing place," said Storley.

And for visitors like Orion Artis from Chicago -- in Sioux Falls for the first time on business -- he was eager to explore our city.

"Well I did walk quite a few blocks after parking so I walked a total of about six blocks. It was a Monday night so I didn't come across a lot of people but the people I did come across were warm, welcoming," said Artis.

Artis says coming from a larger city, he has his guard up more.

"I think that can be said being in Sioux Falls, or NYC, or Chicago or L.A. is being situationally aware is most important. But it's also a nice warm feeling when you're greeting well by the community with smiles with eye contact. That really makes you feel a lot more welcomed and I guess safer. So yeah I feel quite comfortable here and I look forward to coming back," said Artis.

Even with this good news for our city, Sioux Falls recently increased their presence in the heart of the city -- so downtown neighbors can feel comfortable bringing forward any safety concerns.

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