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re: Do not move here. - 12/28/2010 - 3/21/2013
Wow! You're view is pretty twisted of this place. As I read your post in 2013, the minimum wage in California is 8.25 per hour and back in in 2010 it was less. Now, imagine living in a place like Orange County or Ventura County. You can't! NOT ON minimum wage here. You are literally below the poverty line and everything is very expensive here. Property tax, sales tax, etc. Let me see, in 2013 South Dakota has a maximum state sales tax of 4% but no county I am aware of levies more than 2% in the whole state. Also, if I'm correct, there is no property tax. Washington and Oregon have a unique way of compensating for the lack of income tax or sales tax respectively. Property taxes in Oregon are second to that of Hawaii. I'm sure property taxes in Washington far exceed that of South Dakota as well sales tax. I lived in the Northwest, and its dreary rainy all the time as you move towards Seattle. For the most part, South Dakota has a variety of weather (of course as you move north, that variety probably gets to be less as you approach North Dakota). The low crime rate, the great western history has Washington beat in spades. Washington has the Puget sound, with the pretty expensive islands or the overpriced Cascades with Mount Rainier. The only nice part of Washington is really near Spokane, and even that is not so great. At least its not as spoiled. Redmond ranks as one the best cities to live, but it also costs big $$$ to get the amenities. In South Dakota, you don't need to be rich to live in a safe community, heck its one of the safest states in the Union. That is a rarity and its low tax burden on corporations gives it one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. There are jobs to be had there in the bigger cities. Obviously if you live in an area that is remote, well then the jobs are going to be geared towards the agriculture or resources industry (duh!) and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We need food, we need minerals, we need forests, etc. Very important industry that really is growing and becoming strong wage earners. No less, in regions that are completely inexpensive to live in. $8.00 an hour goes a long way in South Dakota, but in California, you can pretty much kiss half your paycheck goodbye to taxes and the rest to sales taxes and inflation. I work part time retail for over 10 years and I'm quite use to seeing how retail low wage earners struggle to survive out here. Many are living with families or sharing apartments with two or three roommates. In South Dakota they would stand a fair chance of owning a house or town home with their earnings which is probably less than what people in South Dakota earn today in 2013. I like where I live, I just can no longer afford it and the other options out there are not very bright. I like Vegas but its too hot in the summer time and crime is well above average. You are 3x likely to be assaulted or murdered in Las Vegas than you would be in Sioux City. Texas is another option, but the humidity can be unbearable and the crime rate in Texas is only slightly better than Nevada. Texas rates well for cost of living standards, but there's a price to pay for it when you move towards the big cities. Cities of equivalent size in Alberta Canada are far far safer than Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. I would brave the cold of Calgary any old day than take the risk of being killed in Dallas. There's plenty more to do and see in Calgary or nearby than Dallas. It's also about preferences. If you like open expanses of scenery then South Dakota is great, if you want the buzz of urban life with suburban sprawl then Seattle, San Diego or Los Angeles are perfect for that. Your microscopic view on South Dakota is very limited.

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Rapid City, SD

Quality of Life stinks unless have monry - 1/29/2016

South Dakota is not a place for young or old poor people. Only the rich can enjoy this state The state does not care about the poor,kids,or elderly.Fine example cut education by 800,000 dollars and now cutting teachers and ones that are left will get a little more in pay. Lowest paying salary in nation here for teachers. Right to work state this is a joke. Cost of living lower because you get paid sub wages. Women are treated like second hand citizens,especially since gel moms. Elderly who need work because they don't have enough to live don't get jobs and no programs here. Government does nothing for the poorer class of people. Soon when they get done with pipeline and mining this state will be like of America, contaminated water,dirty air and in shambles all because of their greed. If you have a nice car forget it that car is doomed. We got raised 6 cents for roads and roads are never fixed. They tried to tax vehicles for each wheel that was turned down but believe me they will get way without the people deciding.The people here have no say what goes on. The only thing they got here is the hills and bad lands other than that not a place to thrive.

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Country Girl
Madison, SD

Heart of America - 10/30/2013

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Titusville, FL

Great place to live - 10/9/2011

I am a person who has been around the world (Navy) and have lived everywhere from South Dakota to California, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, Overseas in Naples, Spain, more... Of all the places the one that sticks out the most is South Dakota. I have been fortunate to live in a small town (Ree Heights) and larger places like Huron and Spearfish as well as Mitchell. The areas are very different. You can find your type of people somewhere in South Dakota. It is a very diverse state. Many younger people will not like it of course... Have you ever met a teen who didn't want to live anywhere but where they are now? Anyway, I am a Democrat and as you know the majority in S.D. are republican. It is a normal thing in cattle and farm country but I still have hope for all of you :-) Actually I disagree with much on both party lines so will not get into that here. I am Christian and can respect the different ideals of both sides. Both have good points and both have very bad points. The Black Hills have always held a dear place in my heart and I would be interested in trading places with someone there. My home in Florida for your country home in The western area of the state... even swap... what do you think. The low crime rate and cost of living is very interesting to me. I would be happy to live there for the rest of my life. If you live there and do not like it then the issue may be with you personally. Not with the state.... Make a change... find new things to do,. There are others there to help you in your dreams. Someone cares for you in South Dakota. Try to make that statement for New York or Seattle or San Diego...

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Pierre, SD

South Dakota - 8/31/2011

low crime, low unemployment, low taxes, a great place to work and live

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DeKalb, IL

South Dakota is best-kept secret - 8/2/2011

I am from the Chicago area and have been going to South Dakota for the past 15 years on vacation. I actually go at least twice a year and it feels more like home than a tourist destination. There is so much to love about South Dakota, but especially about the Black Hills area and Rapid City. If you're looking for culture, go check out Praire Edge, which has a great bookstore, better than the typical Barnes and Noble. There are many art galleries, especially in Hill City. Crazy Horse has some great art, too, particularly if you have an interest in Lakota culture. The natural beauty of the area, added to the clear, clean skies and the absence of urban sprawl, makes it a great place to be. Rapid City is growing more diverse every time I visit, and the people everywhere I've visited throughout the state are friendly and decent, even if most of them are Republican. You really can't expect a Democratic majority in a state that is based on ranching. But that doesn't mean the people are rude-- quite the opposite is true.

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Freeman, SD

I have 5 reasons why you should stay away! - 7/29/2011

I'm from South Dakota and it is AWFUL! 1.-They resent democrats. I'm a democrat and they think that I'm terrible because of it.n If you aren't a republican they won't accept you. 2.-Nothing happens. Unless you enjoy literally doing nothing you'll be bored out of your mind. 3.-All they talk about is agriculture and hunting. It's really either corn or what they did with their new shotgun. 4.-Their too slow-paced! If you want to get somewhere today, be warned! Some people will actually get out of their cars just to talk to someone and not care if they hold up traffic. 5.-They're a little too friendly. One time a random person walked up to me and started talking about the news and when I didn't respond he asked me what my eReader was. Please avoid this state at all costs, I would know I live there and can't wait until old enough to leave.

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Spearfish, SD

Do not move here. - 12/28/2010

My husband and I moved from Seattle to SD about 5 years ago to start a family.We thought small town would be better then big city to start a family, boy were we wrong. I wish we never left. It has been horrible from day one, yes the summers are nice and sturgis rally can be quite interesting, but the winters are cold and depressing.The job market is horrible if you like working in a mill or a gravel pit and like making a bit over min wage 8.00 per hr is the average here. Thank god for my husband who is a surgeon or we would never have been able to survive. Forget about diversity If you are a republican, right to lifer who hates the "happy people" or anyone of color and who likes to drink then you will love it here since there is nothing to do in a small town then go to a bar or casino. So my advice even if you don't currently like where you live give it a chance because things will always be worse in SD. So glad we are moving back to Seattle!!!!!! Good Riddence SD

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Spearfish, SD

not a place for my liberal tendencies - 7/5/2010

its rare to find friends with similar beliefs here

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Renton, WA

everything - 10/3/2009

i would like to know eveything about there but in the las dos years

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Fort Pierre, SD

A family, not just neighbors - 5/22/2009

The state of South Dakota is like one large family. Wherever you go, people are friendly and helpful. The general attitude seems to be, "If you're here, you belong. I'm glad you're here."

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Webster, SD

SD climate - 9/4/2008

Too cold in the winter.

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Custer, SD

Horseback Riding - 8/29/2008

South Dakota, especially western South Dakota offers tons of horseback riding opportunities. With lots of National Forest Service land, your horseback riding experiences are endless!

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Canistota, SD

It's the place to be..... - 10/17/2007

I've lived in Alabama, Germany, and then Arizona for 8 years. Arizona may have the climate - but nothing can compare to South Dakota's family values mentality. The area is beautiful - and has 4 distinct seasons. There is something for everyone. Sioux Falls is growing as are all opportunities. Thanks to Mr. Sanford's donation, we will also have one of the largest Children's hospitals for our use. No longer will we have to travel to neighboring states. Crime is low - and future prospects are high. We live on 10 acres of land 20 miles west of Sioux Falls - overlooking the Vermillion River Valley and only 2 miles south of Lake Vermillion. We currently have this house on the market (see it on Ebay) - but will be building a new house in another town close to Sioux Falls. We didn't even consider leaving the state, even though my husband lived in Arizona for 29 years of his life. I grew up here and can't imagine raising my two boys anywhere else.

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Pierpont, SD

Taste it once; Taste it again! - 3/1/2006

I live in the state of infinite variety! And just to let you know, this is an utopia-kinda day > most everyday of the year! Reconnecting with nature is easily letting the wind blowing on your face; which, by the way, can be temps exceeding a minus (-) 20 degrees below zero or temps exceeding the 100 degree mark.......records have been broken in any given month. From mountaintops in the beautiful Black Hills next to Mt. Rushmore to the rich farmland on the eastern side of this glorious state. You can energize your spirit with each deep breath and appreciate the native flowers, grasses and pungent smells that fill your lungs and makes you aware of all the little things in this life , perhaps some take for granted. Life truly is a gift in South Dakota. Thank YOu and enjoying the ride. SDak cowboy---gene. *smiles to you*

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