South Dakota is a sparsely populated, rugged state that has several incredibly beautiful places for a permanent move. First of all, the Badlands National Park is one of the most scenic places in the United States. In the rugged landscape of the Badlands, you are likely to see animals such as bighorn sheep, coyotes, pronghorn, and eagles. Also, the Black Hills area in the southwest part of the state is a fabulous destination with lots of events and attractions. The hills are of great religious importance to local American Indian tribes, and Mount Rushmore is located within the Black Hills.
South Dakota cities have a continental climate with really cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers. You can expect the temperature in most South Dakota cities to stay below freezing through most of the winter. As far as jobs and economy goes, the job market is not great in South Dakota. South Dakota's economy is the fifth smallest in the United States, and over 13% of South Dakota's population lives below the poverty line. The largest segment of the state's economy is made up of jobs in the service industry. Other important industries include government jobs, agriculture and tourism. On the upside, cost of living in South Dakota is also low, and taxes are the lowest in the nation. There is no state income tax in South Dakota and sales tax is only 4%.
For the most part, South Dakota is a very safe place to live. Crime in South Dakota cities is lower than the national average by about 15%. Larger cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City do have higher crime rates, but that is to be expected from cities of their size.