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.
City for Young Professionals
Shortest Commute Times – Balancing Everything
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.
- #2 best city for young professionals: Sioux Falls (Money Talks, 2022)
- #1 best state for veterans to live and work (CNBC, 2020)
- #2 best state for doctors (Sioux Falls Development Foundation, 2023)
- #2 highest inbound migration in 2021 (United Van Lines)
- #6 state for natural environment (US News, 2023)
- #2 state for employment (U.S. News, 2023)
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.
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 second best state to get a job (U.S. News, 2023). 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
- Sales Representatives
- Specialty Trades
Browse more openings on 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.