Retirees may be choosing to move to South Dakota due to the high quality of life and no income tax.
Retirees may be choosing to move to South Dakota due to the high quality of life and no income tax.
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Jan 5, 2017

South Dakota Ranked No. 1 on United Van Lines Migration Report

People were far more likely to move to South Dakota than move away, according to a new report from United Van Lines. This report is good news for the Rushmore State, but not for the reasons currently reported.

South Dakota is not the most popular destination for people to move to—in actuality, California had the most number of inbound moves at 12,259 compared to South Dakota’s 341 total inbound moves. However, California had 12,488 outbound moves, resulting in California’s balanced migration. Conversely, South Dakota reported only 163 outbound moves.

A couple of factors likely play into South Dakota’s top ranking, including retirees who want to live in the inter-mountain west. The United Van Lines report notes that one in four inbound moves nationally was for retirement reasons. With no income tax and a high quality of life, especially in the Black Hills, this may be a key factor.

Second, people across the nation are less likely to move based on economic opportunity and more based on personal reasons, such as a desire to be closer to family or for retirement purposes. Additionally, the age of the internet has made working remotely a possibility—a substantial aid to those wishing to relocate to South Dakota.

Within the Great Plains region, South Dakota had more inbound moves than North Dakota and Wyoming, states with struggling economies in 2016, but fewer inbound moves than Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

State

Total Shipments From To Percentage From Percentage To Ranking
South Dakota 504 163 341 32.3 67.7 1
North Dakota 626 337 289 53.8 46.2 36
Wyoming 599 290 309 48.4 51.6 16
Nebraska 1,468 762 706 51.9 48.1 27
Iowa 1,509 793 716 52.6 47.4 30
Minnesota 3,704 1,813 1,891 48.9 51.1 18

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