Make sure you're paying attention the next time you're driving around the drunkest cities in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. It might be dangerous!

There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks every once in a while. But drinking too much can be serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that one in six American adults excessively drink at one event alone. If you have five or more drinks, then this would be binge drinking.

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New surveys from 24/7 Tempo and 24/7 Wall St. recently "reviewed the percentage of men and women over 18 who reported heavy or binge drinking in each state’s metropolitan areas, then singled out the city or metropolitan area with the highest rate." The surveys also collected data from the 2023 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

So what are the drunkiest cities in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa?

The drunkest city in South Dakota is...Rapid City.

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Dakota News Now

24/7 Tempo and 24/7 Wall St say that countywide driving deaths that involve alcohol are the 5th worst in the country. Adults who drink excessively in the city are over 20%. 

The drunkest city in Minnesota is a little bit surprising. Duluth is considered the drunkest city in the state.

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Duluth, Minnesota Lift Bridge-LIKE HE

24/7 Tempo and 24/7 Wall St explain adults who drink excessively in the city are over 24%. This exceeds Minnesota's limit. The state percentage is 21.5%.

Last but not least...where is the drunkest city in Iowa? Experts say it's the town of Dubuque. 

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Adults who drink excessively in Dubuque are over the state's limit. The residents in Dubuque who drink excessively are at 27.4%. Iowa sits at 24.7%. Dubuque is the second-highest drunkest city...yikes. 

The Midwest is known to have a good time. But make sure you're being responsible when you're drinking! They can lead to serious consequences.

Do you agree with the cities on the list?

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by

Detour Dining: Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants You Must Try in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa

Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

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