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re: Low wages and high cost of living by design! - Posted On: 4/11/2008 10:49:35 AM
Why would anyone want to speed the growth of Rapid City? Yes, wages should be fair, but the Black Hills are only so big, and it would be stupid to attempt to draw more people to the area. It's growing fast enough as it is! If people are only concerned about having a high-paying job, they can leave & won't be missed. Let's keep rapid for people who prioritize living in a beautiful place above how much money they make.
Stay Away Posted On: 8/30/2007 3:35:44 PM
If you move here, do not expect to be able to support yourself, much less raise a family. The wages are LOW and the jobs are extreemly competitive. Having a college degree doesn't mean anything to employers in Missoula. Who doesn't have a college degree in this town? I think you have to have at least a bachelors degree in order to serve coffee.
The people who can make it here have to spend a long time networking and paying their dues in order to even get a job that pays a living wage. Do yourself a favor and stay away. Missoula doesn't need anymore population growth. It can't handle it. You'll suffer if you move here. Stay away!
Vermillion: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Posted On: 8/4/2007 7:52:20 AM
The Good: The citizens of Vermillion boast one of the most liberal voting records in the state of SD. Vermillion has a reasonably educated population and is home to the state's only true liberal arts college. As a whole, there is a more progressive feel to the city than most others in eastern SD. For a rural community, Vermillion has easy access to shopping, etc. in nearby towns of Sioux City and Sioux Falls. Omaha, NE is also fairly close.
The Bad: Like the rest of the surrounding area, Vermillion is surrounded by corn fields and there is not much in the way of outdoor recreation. However, the Missouri river is close by and there is fishing available for semi-outdoor enthusiasts. Although the city is considered by many a liberal oasis in a red state, most of the students at USD come from small towns in SD and carry with them a relatively narrow-minded view of the world. There is a lot of racism and bigotry and conservative thinking in SD, and although the university does a lot to change the attitudes of the students in Vermillion, many residents still remain somewhat insolated.
The Ugly: The campus culture is dominated by frats & sororities. I attended USD for three years and noticed that a lot of people who graduate high school in small towns come to USD to join frats with all of their friends from high school. It is sad that many people do not branch out and extend their social networks, but there just isn't a lot of that going on within the college community. This place is freezing in the winter, but if you're from anywhere in the surrounding area, you're probably already used to that. The main drawback to living in Vermillion is that there is absolutely nothing to do as far as nightlife, outdoor recreation, or anything else that might draw an outsider to the area. But, many of the people that live there are used to having little to do. A lot of kids drink and do drugs, but that is to be expected in a college community.
Hope this helps.