South Dakota a top 5 state in net migration

Monday, March 12, 2018

Many more people are moving to South Dakota than leaving it.

That’s according to the 41st annual United Van Lines National Movers Study which ranked South Dakota fifth among the top 10 states with inbound migration.

United tracked 416 moves in South Dakota with 252 (60 percent) of those by people coming into the state.

South Dakota trails Vermont, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada, with Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado and Alabama rounding out the top 10.

Julie Schmitz Jensen believes the desire to move to South Dakota starts with the favorable impression the state makes on those coming here for the first time.

“It all starts with a visit,” said Jensen, executive director of Visit Rapid City, formerly the Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

“They look at the beauty and the economy, and they say 'This is a great place to live,'” Jensen said.

The state’s natural beauty and steadfast economy aside, people are moving to South Dakota for any number of reasons.

Whether they see the state as a good place to retire, continue a career or if they are moving here because of the lifestyle or to be closer to family, the Mount Rushmore state continues to see an influx of new residents.

According to a release from United Van Lines, this year’s survey continues a recent trend of people leaving the Northeast and Midwest and moving to the Mountain and Pacific West.

States showing the greatest outbound migration are Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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