Parkston is a very small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 1,476 people and just one neighborhood, Parkston is the 44th largest community in South Dakota. Much of the housing stock in Parkston was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Parkston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Parkston is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Parkston who work in food service (10.09%), sales jobs (9.63%) and office and administrative support (8.47%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Because of many things, Parkston is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Parkston a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Parkston has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Parkston’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One of the benefits of Parkston is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.11 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Being a small city, Parkston does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.