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Best Places To Live In South Dakota 2019

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • Brandon, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,674
  • Brookings, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,292
  • Brookings is a nice city to live in if you don't mind living a little far away from another city. I liked living in Brookings, but it didn't have enough opportunities to warrant me living there longer.…[read more]
  • Madison, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,101
  • Watertown, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,026
  • Uncaring, stand-offish people compared to the south. The people have a great work ethic, and keep up their property well, for the most part, but they just don't care about other people outside of their…[read more]
  • Pierre, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,959
  • Pierre, South Dakota is located on the East river side of South Dakota and is more than a short drive from the usual attractions that a person thinks of in the South Dakota such as the Black Hills and…[read more]
  • Sturgis, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,711
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 167,884
  • I moved to Sioux Falls because of it's famous job market, and although I did find ONE good job that abruptly ended after only a year and half due cutbacks. I would not recommend anyone to move to Sioux…[read more]
  • Aberdeen, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,783
  • Coming from the south, my first winter in Aberdeen was an adjustment. The very cold subzero temperatures were a shock to my system, but since then I have acclimated and don’t find the winters as…[read more]
  • Belle Fourche, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,696
  • Harrisburg, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,129
  • Yankton, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,585
  • Yankton South Dakota is a great location to be in. I love that there is always something going on in this city. The community atmosphere speaks out to be one of the strongest attributes of this city. I…[read more]
  • Huron, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,149
  • Huron, my home is located along the magnificent James River in a location that is well steeped. The city has an estimated population of around 12,592 people. My city offers all visitors and its residents…[read more]
  • Mitchell, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,610
  • I've been living in Mitchell South Dakota for 8 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and friendly neighbors that provide opportunities for you to develop long-term friendships that last over…[read more]
  • Spearfish, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,176
  • After living in Spearfish, South Dakota for 9 years now I would love to be able to say that this is one of the best areas in the state to live. That's just not so. I cannot in good conscience give this…[read more]
  • Vermillion, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,778
  • I am proud to say that I live in such a wonderful community as Vermillion, South Dakota. I have been living in Vermillion since I was a young girl, around 13 years old, and I am pushing 50 now. I have…[read more]
  • Rapid City, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,441
  • While there is much to love about this city as the previous reviewer indicated, being able to afford attractions and the natural beauty is not possible for many of the residents who live here--probably…[read more]
  • Box Elder, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,126
  • Rapid Valley, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,629

South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State

Are you considering a move to another state? One of the most popular states in the country right now is South Dakota. This is a state where economic growth is high. Over the years, the state has done things the right way to bring in new people and economic growth. Not only are taxes low, but the overall cost of living is very reasonable as well. There are a lot of things to love about this state. If you are wanting to move to the area, you need to do your research on the best places to live in South Dakota.

One of the best things about this state is that taxes are low. Not only does the state encourage economic growth through low business taxes, but the state also has low personal taxes as well. This is one of the main reasons why so many people have moved here in recent years. Many states with larger populations are starting to raise taxes. This is causing a lot of people to move away. South Dakota is a great landing spot because of the cheap land and low taxation.

Another major positive about the state is the fact that jobs are abundant. Over the years, this has been a huge draw for people to the state. One of the biggest industries in the state is oil. In the past couple of years, a lot of people have started to work in the industry. Although the work is hard, the pay is really high. Some people even move to the state on a short term basis in order to make money quickly to pay for something they are saving for. Whatever your reason for coming to the area, there are plenty of jobs with a low cost of living.

Buying a house is never going to be cheap. However, housing prices in South Dakota are some of the lowest in the nation. This is driven by a couple of variables that make South Dakota different than other states. First of all, there is no major metro environment in the state. This means that there are vast expanses of cheap rural land to purchase. In addition, the cost to build a home in this area is much less expensive than others. These variables all work in favor of lower housing prices over time. If you are looking for a place to move with a low cost of living, this is a great landing spot.

AreaVibes is a great tool to zone in on the best places to live in South Dakota. With lots of land and abundant jobs, finding the perfect spot to settle in South Dakota isn't easy. We'll give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places to live in South Dakota. To further customize your list of the best places to live in South Dakota, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you.

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