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South Dakota. You Can Really Live Here.

Do you want real buying power this season? Consider South Dakota.

Our low cost of living, and even lower tax structure, may help you increase your wealth. Don't believe us? Compare your wages with real wages in South Dakota and see how much money you could be spending on "Big Kid" toys. (After all, we're the #1 state for motorcycle ownership!)

Search for jobs, check out our lifestyle and see how living in South Dakota can make you wealthy in more ways than one!

You can REALLY live here.

Good paying welding jobs are available in South Dakota
Tech jobs in a variety of industries can be found in South Dakota
Job openings for professional research positions are numerous in South Dakota
Electricians can find jobs in South Dakota
Find a job you can love in South Dakota
Bridgets's story on living and working in South Dakota

South Dakota is in the Midwest but our companies compete in the global marketplace, from making scoreboards and cheese to building robotic technology and conducting breakthrough medical and bioscience research. Here you'll find fulfilling careers (we've got one of the nation's best job markets) and plenty of opportunities to live the life you really want. If you're ready to start really living, instead of just working to make a living, South Dakota has what you need.

Scholarships to technical colleges are available for certain skilled worker positions in South Dakota
Job openings for skilled workers are plentiful in South Dakota
Love your lifestyle with outdoor recreation opportunities in South Dakota
Outdoor concerts like Jazz Fest bring more than 100,000 people to Sioux Falls each summer

Enjoy big name concerts, festivals and semi-professional sports. Live it up with year-round outdoor adventures, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and so much more. South Dakota has symphonies, wineries and some of the region's best up and coming breweries. (Did we mention we're one of the top states for Millennials?) Our low cost of living and laidback lifestyle lets you live the life you really want! You can live here.

Walk downtown and visit the locally owned shops and restaurants across South Dakota
You can live here. Love your life.
Motorcycle riding, especially to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, is a popular outdoor activity in South Dakota
Summer festivals are common across South Dakota's cities and towns
Pheasant hunting in South Dakota is the best in the United States
  • The waterfalls of the Big Sioux River inspired the name of the largest city in South Dakota - Sioux Falls
  • The annual Dakota Five-O attracts riders from all over the country to South Dakota
  • South Dakota has several wineries and breweries located throughout the state
  • Fishing in South Dakota
  • Pheasant hunting draws thousands of hunters to South Dakota each fall
  • Sidewalk Arts Festival in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Local boutiques and big name retailers call South Dakota home
  • Concert at Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Water skiing is a popular outdoor sport in South Dakota
  • Summer car show in South Dakota
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  • Enjoy classic, hot rod and luxury car shows all summer long in South Dakota
  • The George S. Mickelson Trail is a 109-mile rails-to-trails project in the Black Hills
  • Enjoy water recreation on Missouri River reservoirs, freshwater and glacial lakes
  • Lewis and Clark Lake, near Yankton, is one of the state park system's most popular resort parks
  • Enjoy the great outdoors by camping at a South Dakota State Park or in the Black Hills
  • Enjoy year-round activities including snowboarding and downhill skiing
  • Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish is one of many up-and-coming microbreweries in South Dakota
  • South Dakota is synonymous with motorcycle riding. Home to the famous Sturgis Rally
  • Experience outdoor ice-skating at Main Street Square in Rapid City
  • JazzFest in Sioux Falls is one of the largest outdoor jazz and blues festivals in the area
  • Kayak or canoeing on the Missouri River is a favorite pastime
  • Experience outdoor festivals and concerts
  • Main Street Square in Rapid City is a free public gathering place for live music, festivals, farmers markets and special events
  • Enjoy 0utlaw Sprint Car Racing, Modifieds, Street Stocks, IMCA RaceSaver and more on tracks across the state
  • Rapid City is South Dakota's second largest city, located in western South Dakota
  • Rockin Rib Fest in downtown Yankton features free concerts, art and crafts, and food vendors
  • South Dakota's lakes and rivers offer a variety of water recreation
  • The Sidewalk Arts Festival in downtown Sioux Falls features over 225 art, food and craft vendors
  • Sioux Falls is South Dakota's largest city, located in southeastern South Dakota
  • Shop at downtown boutiques, retail chains and big name national stores
  • Strawbale Winery in Renner hosts live music events, festivals and special wine and food events
  • Enjoy snowboarding in the winter
  • South Dakota has hundreds of miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails
  • Pamper yourself at one of the many day spas and salons
  • South Dakota's laid back lifestyle allows you to have plenty of time with family and friends
  • The South Dakota Black Hills offer miles of scenic motorcycle drives
  • Enjoy today's big name concerts and classic performances

Do you know what your real purchasing power is? Compare your wages to other states and see the money you can earn—and KEEP—when you work and live in South Dakota.

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How We Rate

  • #1
    City for College Graduates 2015
  • #1
    Shortest Average Commute Times U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2016
  • #1
    Motorcycle Ownership (per capita) U.S. Department of Transportation 2015
  • #1
    Top State for Credit Conditions 2015
  • #2
    Best State for Military Retirees, 2016
  • #2
    Best Small Metro for Businesses & Careers Forbes, 2016
  • #2
    Best States for Millennials 2016
  • #3
    Lowest Cost of Living U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 2015
  • #5
    Most Charitable State 2015
  • #5
    Best Affordable Places to Live
  • #6
    Best State for Overall Well-Being & Happiness Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index 2016
  • #6
    Entrepreneurial Activity Kauffman Foundation 2015
  • #9
    Best State for Drivers 2015
  • #9
    Best Cities to Find a Job 2015

Top 100 Best Places to Live in the Country (Sioux Falls, Brookings, Aberdeen, Rapid City & Watertown), Livability 2016

Top 100 Best Small Towns (Spearfish & Yankton), Livability 2015

South Dakota has what you're looking for. You can live here.

Right now in South Dakota there are openings in every industry including manufacturing, education, construction and highway construction, office administration, higher education, healthcare, IT, financial services, banking, engineering, value-added agriculture and more. Find positions with competitive wages and salaries, flexible hours and lots of room for advancement. Start searching and see how you can really live in South Dakota.