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Moving to South Dakota

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Why South Dakota is

The Best Place to Live, Work and Play

Thinking about calling South Dakota home? Learn more about our Great Places and see some of our Great Faces in action.

South Dakota has a statewide population of more than 880,000, and The Mount Rushmore State ranks 16th in total land area among the 50 states. It has one of the very best qualities of life in the country as well as one of the strongest economies and job markets in the nation. South Dakota also consistently ranks as one of the happiest states in the union. It’s truly a great place to call home.

Whether you’re looking for career and job opportunities, help moving or growing your business, higher education options, or information about what’s it’s like to live here in retirement, we can help. With no personal state income tax, corporate income tax, an outstanding business climate, and a respect for individual freedoms, we know you'll love our Great Faces and Great Places.

Message from Governor Kristi Noem

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We mean business in South Dakota, celebrating freedom like no other state in the nation. Here, we trust our people and allow our citizens to innovate and succeed with less government interference. If you're interested in the opportunity to grow your business and are attracted by our quality of life, we'd love to have you join us! 

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What information are you looking for? Find it here:
Rapid City, South Dakota
For Job Seekers

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation

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For Businesses

South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development

University of South Dakota, Vermillion
For Students
George S. Mickelson Trail, Black Hills
For Retirees
Location Matters

Find Out How Far Your Income Can Go in South Dakota

After taxes, how much of your income do you take home? How much can you buy with your hard-earned wages? Take a look at the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development's Real Wage Calculator to see how far your income can go.

Great Faces, Great Places in Action

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A Special Place to Explore

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Taste the Flavors of South Dakota

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Bike, Fish & Climb in South Dakota

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Great Faces, Great Places, Genuine Experiences


Find inspiration from what others are sharing about South Dakota and in the images of the Great Faces and Great Places they encounter.

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