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These Are The Top States People Are Leaving to Move to South Dakota

Smart investors know that South Dakota is a prime state to move to for return on investment, natural beauty, and quality of life.

When people visit South Dakota, they want to stay. In fact, the state ranks #2 in the nation for people moving in — with 69 percent moving in compared to moving out, per Black Hills FOX.


"We’re seeing a lot of movement from nearby states like Colorado and Minnesota, but also a lot traction from states like California and Nevada as well,” Eily Cummings, Van Lines Director of Communications, told Black Hills FOX.


Recent tax revenue, tourism numbers, and building permits show that the area around Dakota Highland Estates is growing — it's a prime spot for investors, families, and businesses.

South Dakota is expected to continue attracting homeowners due to factors such as cost of living, lifestyle, and job opportunities. It's also an extremely tax-friendly state: South Dakota has no personal state income tax or corporate income tax, and the per capita personal income ranks in the top 5 of all states.


In fact, low taxes makes it the second best state in the country to start a business, per a 2021 Blueprint report. (See more reasons why South Dakota is a great state for business and employment.)


Here are all of the top states people are leaving for South Dakota, according to United Van Line, which uses data to track the number of people moving in and out of states:

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Texas

  • Illinois

  • Minnesota

  • Nevada

“We know a lot of people are moving here, they’re coming to visit here, when they come here, they like what they see,” Darrell Shoemaker, Communications Coordinator for Rapid City, told Black Hills FOX.


Over the last few years, more homeowners have seeked wide-open spaces and family-friendly areas — like those found in beautiful South Dakota.

The Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com recently named Rapid City (just 30 minutes from Dakota Highland Estates) the #2 housing market in the U.S., due to the quality of life homeowners experience and its ability to offer a strong return on the investment.


South Dakota is also the most affordable state to build a new home right now, according to Ramsey Solutions. Meanwhile, the cost of healthcare, utilities, housing and transportation all rank well below the national average, meaning your dollar goes further here.


Plus, you can't beat the local scenery: The Black Hills National Forest, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Bear Butte, and many more scenic landmarks cushion rolling hills and lush prairies. You'll quickly see familiar faces of buffalo, burros, antelope, bald eagles, and more stunning wildlife.


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