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Life in Yankton


We are proud to call Yankton home, and invite you to visit and explore what life is like in our amazing city.

Yankton, South Dakota, is the mother city of the Dakotas. Long before it was established, the Lakota Native Americans welcomed explorers Lewis and Clark to the area, giving our beautiful lake its namesake. Shortly after being founded in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it as the capital of the Dakota Territory. A rich history full of politics, steamboats, farmers, immigrants, entrepreneurship, healthcare, education, and industry grew over the years, supported by the powerful Missouri River that flows along the southern border of the city.

Today, Yankton is a modern and thriving city with a population of nearly 15,000 (2016). It boasts an incredible array outdoor recreational activities, a growing historical downtown, numerous employment options, and it offers a safe, community-centered environment for people of all ages looking to make Yankton home.

Below are a few ways to get to know our welcoming community better. If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact Yankton Thrive and we would be thrilled to tell you more!

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