Why South Dakota?

With unspoiled natural beauty, a vibrant cultural scene, a strong economy and growing career opportunities, South Dakota offers more than just a great view of Mount Rushmore. In fact, there are a lot of reasons why relocating to South Dakota is a smart move.

We're Open for Opportunity

More and more people are choosing South Dakota for our open approach to growth. We’re here to help individuals and businesses succeed with low taxes, job opportunities and programs, an emphasis on education and less red tape or restrictions. Balance your professional success with personal fulfillment, and keep reading for reasons you should consider relocating.

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Best Quality of Life - US News

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Shortest Commute Times - Balancing Everything

9th

Best State for Veterans to Live and Work


A Great Quality of Life

South Dakota has way more than views of Mount Rushmore. We’ve got awe-inspiring natural beauty, a vibrant cultural scene, a strong economy and growing career opportunities. In fact, there are a lot of reasons why relocating to South Dakota is a smart move.


Natural Beauty Everywhere You Look

South Dakota is paradise for anyone who loves the outdoors. We’re practically spoiled with natural beauty. Our iconic attractions include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, the Black Hills and the Missouri River. On top of that, we have abundant state parks, lakes and trails. Beyond that, we have some of the nation’s best hunting and fishing. It’s the complete package.Learn more about our legendary landscapes, events and recreation opportunities at TravelSouthDakota.com.
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A Great Place for Business

Skilled and talented professionals are in demand in South Dakota. We’re the #9 state for landing your dream job (CNBC 2019) and the 6th best state to get a job (Zippia) . A wide variety of exciting high-demand and high-wage occupations are ripe for the picking, especially in these jobs and fields:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Registered Nurses and Healthcare
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Sales Represenatives
  • Mechanics
  • Specialty Trades
  • Technology

Browse more openings on the the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Hot Careers page to see the opportunities waiting for you in The Rushmore State. Then calculate how your paycheck stacks up here versus other states with the Real Wage Calculator.