Moving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a move that few regret. It is a place made up of more than 70 parks sprawling throughout and intertwined with greenways.
The population is approximately 150,000, and it is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. The area has a heavy Dutch, Norwegian and Scandinavian influence, but welcomes a diversity of locals.
Some locals refer to their city as “sufu”. The nickname is certainly easier to spell than remembering which letters are silent and reflects the proper phonetic pronunciation of how Sioux is pronounced.
Sioux Falls has an incredible symphony. It also offers other arts and cultural experiences.
If you are planning a summertime move, plan on heat and humidity. If you are moving in the winter months, be prepared for cold and dry weather conditions that are common in South Dakota. However, also be prepared for snowy or icy road conditions. Hire a professional moving company that has experience with wintertime moves, or be prepared with hot cocoa and a toasty fire in your new fireplace, to warm friends who help with the move.
The city is known for its low crime rate, in comparison to the rest of the United States. It is also an attractive spot for financial companies, since the state has no corporate income tax. Wells Fargo and Citibank are among these employers in the city. Other major employers in the area include Sanford Health, Avera Health, and Hy-Vee.
College students move to the area to attend National American University, The University of Sioux Falls, Augustana College, Sioux Falls Seminary, the South Dakota School for the Deaf or Great Plains Baptist College.
The cost of living in Sioux Falls is slightly less than the rest of the country with a lower than average unemployment rate as well.
The town offers something for everyone, whether you are young, single and a college student or raising a family. There are plenty of kid-friendly neighborhoods, while the downtown area is diverse with an active night life.
Overall the city is known to be full of friendly and honest locals, good schools and, for the most part, free of racial tensions. Locals enjoy their laid-back, slower paced city that is anything but boring.