South Dakota April 02, 2017
14 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To South Dakota
South Dakota isn’t like other states. It’s much better, of course. If you’re new to the Mount Rushmore state, there are a few things that you’ll quickly learn.
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1. Your wallet will have more cash in it from now on.
Our cost of living is less than the national average, and we don't have personal income tax or personal property tax. Cha-ching!
2. You'll enjoy plenty of free music.
South Dakota is a great place for free music. From the Hills Alive Music Fest to the Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, you'll find plenty of free music festivals. This year's Jazz Fest is July 13-15 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.
3. You'll love all the fresh, local produce here.
Summertime brings farmers markets galore. Visit a formal market, and watch for small farmers selling corn right from the back of their trucks!
4. Chislic is about to become your new favorite food.
This delicacy with the odd name is so delicious that you'll never leave the state. Chislic is simply grilled meat, presented on a skewer.
5. The Old West tradition is alive and well in Western South Dakota.
The little town of Deadwood has a rich history of Wild West outlaws, sheriffs and middle-of-the-street shootouts. Now, South Dakotans and tourists alike visit to see this living history.
6. South Dakota is better than North Dakota.
This should be a no brainer for you, since you chose South Dakota to begin with. But basically, this is an undisputed fact here.
7. Much of South Dakota's population lives in Sioux Falls or Rapid City.
Sioux Falls has a population of about 251,800; Rapid City's population is approximately 73,500.
8. Which means that we have a whole lot of really charming small towns.
You'll find some quaint little towns all over the state!
9. When you want to get from one part of the state to the other, there are just two things you need to know: I-90 and I-29.
Interstate 90 takes you all the way across the state, from Sioux Falls to Spearfish. Interstate 29 travels north/south all the way through the state. No matter where you need to go, you'll start with one of these major freeways.
10. We pronounce our state capital city differently than you'd think.
It's not "pee-air," it's "peer." Say it properly and you won't sound like a tourist.
11. Hunting is a big deal here.
Kids skip school and adults call in sick on the opening day of the hunt.
12. Craft beer is a big deal here, too.
We have tons of great breweries here.
13. We host the largest motorcycle rally in the world here.
The population of South Dakota is around 850,000 people. The Sturgis Rally brings about 750,000 people to our state. We both love and dread the crowds that bring money to the state, and make every restaurant and tourist attraction very, very crowded.
14. You'll learn to dress in layers here - the temperature fluctuates.
In fact, the little town of Spearfish set the record for the most rapid temperature change. On January 22, 1943, the temperature changed from -4 degrees to 45 degrees in just two minutes.
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