As whacky as things are getting in some states across the nation right now, many people from all over the country are beginning to look to South Dakota as a new place to call home.

The nation's 40th state is quickly becoming a top destination for both nomads and those attempting to choose a state to put down permanent roots in that will provide them with a better quality of life.

What is it about South Dakota that residents from other states are finding so attractive?

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Well, one thing is for sure, it can't be our winter weather. While it might be fun for some to see snow for a couple of weeks, after about the 12th week of snow, ice, and non-stop cold temps, some of these transplants from warmer weather states have to seriously be contemplating going back to where they came from. I'm guessing at that point, they'll gladly pay higher taxes and put up with draconian-style laws just to escape -30 below zero wind chills in January and February!

Bitter cold bearded man

However, if you possess the power to go toe to toe with Old Man Winter, South Dakota can be a great state to call home.

According to the website, The WayWardHome here is some of the top reasons why:

  • First and foremost, there is no state income tax. No pension tax. No personal property tax, and no inheritance tax for residents.
  • Another top-selling point has to be the scenic beauty a state like South Dakota has to offer. There's no shortage of wide open space, along with a wide array of beautiful cities and historic landmarks to visit ranging from Mount Rushmore to the Badlands, to the Black Hills, to Wall Drug, to Rapid City, Deadwood, and Sioux Falls, and who could forget the world's only Corn Palace in Mitchell. I mean that landmark alone made a postcard at the beginning of the motion picture Vacation for crying out loud!
  • A person can establish residency in South Dakota very easily. In most cases, it can be accomplished in just over 24 hours.
  • South Dakota offers cheap vehicle registration and insurance rates for its residents.
  • You only have to update your driver's license once every five years. And there are plenty of friendly folks inside our DMVs.
  • Did I mention we have a Corn Palace in this state?
Corn Palace in Mitchel
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  • Oh yeah, and of course who could forget about South Dakota's vibrant economy, booming job market, low crime rate, and low overall cost of living.

So, if you're out there contemplating a permanent getaway from all the goofiness found in a lot of states at the moment, don't let the months of November, December, January, February, and yes, even March most years scare you away from packing up your Uhaul and giving South Dakota a try.

In the long run, I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

And look at it this way, worst case scenario if things don't work out and you end up hating our state, at least you'll be able to say you visited the world's only Corn Palace. They have some great souvenirs.

Source: TheWayWardHome

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