Pros and Cons of Living in South Dakota

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A U.S. state in the Midwest, South Dakota is home to a large western region. Black Hills National Forest separates rolling prairies from sparsely populated South Dakota. Mt. Rushmore -- a monument to four presidents and a tribute to the legendary Native American leader Crazy Horse -- is among the two historical monuments carved into towering granite peaks of Black Hills.

If you're visiting or moving to South Dakota, there are many things you're going to need to know. Luckily, you've come to the right place. We have compiled a few of the pros and cons of living in South Dakota. Below are the pros:

1. Huge savings

South Dakota can boast with justifiable pride because it imposes the least amount of taxes on its residents. There are no income taxes, personal property taxes, or inheritance taxes in the state, which means living and working there can be cheap.

In addition to a very mild and favorable tax structure for its residents, South Dakota is also known for its reasonably high remuneration rates. 

2. Decent and high life quality

In comparison with the national average, South Dakota offers its residents a lower cost of living. Compared to the other states of the country, health care, housing, and transportation are significantly cheaper in California. Retirement in a state with affordable housing, high-quality healthcare, low crime, and traffic makes it a great option. 

Do not be too happy because not all states are perfect. Here are a few of the cons of living in South Dakota:

1. Some bizarre laws

If you think how the laws of a state can be termed as weird, you are definitely in for some shock. According to the condition, it is illegal to fall asleep or lie down in a cheese factory, horses cannot enter the fountain inn unless they wear pants, and if there are more than five people on the property, you have the right to shoot them! It is hard to believe that these ludicrous laws are referred to as such, but even more surprising is that the locals follow them!

2. Wild extremities of nature

South Dakota is not for the faint-hearted or the feeble ones. If you decide upon living in the state, be rest assured of facing some of the wild extremities of nature. Hot and humid summers are the order of the day during the summer.

Similarly, you will not have any respite during the winter as well. The winter months are cold, mainly affluent, with the biting calm winds and snowfalls. Consequently, mediocrity in terms of climatic conditions is relatively unknown to the locals of South Dakota. 

Bonus: Check out these fun facts about South Dakota:

  1. In 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, a real-estate deal that doubled the United States' size.
  2. South Dakota is the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.
  3. Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the bison played an essential role in the Lakota (Sioux) lives, who relied on the "tatankaTatankafood, clothing, and shelter.
  4. Jewel Cave is the third-longest cave in the world. More than 120 miles of passages have been surveyed. Calcite crystals that glitter when illuminated give the cave its name.
  5. With more than 82 miles of mapped passages, Wind Cave contains the world's largest display of a rare formation called boxwork.
  6. The Crazy Horse mountain carving now in progress will be the world's most giant sculpture (563′ high, 641′ long, carved in the round). It is the focal point of an educational and cultural memorial to and for the North American Indian.
  7. Badlands National Park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States.
  8. Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.
  9. Sage Creek Wilderness is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.
  10. The name "Black Hills" comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which means "black hills." Seen from a distance, these pine-covered hills, rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie, appear black.

If you have been to any cities in South Dakota, please comment on your experience in the state!


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