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South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State is a picturesque place of open country, majestic forests, and under a million people. The people who do live here have big Mid-Western hearts and an unrivaled appreciation for the natural beauty of their state. South Dakota has six public and six private universities and colleges. The largest private school here is Augustana College, a liberal arts college. South Dakota also has two tribal colleges for its American Indian population.

Living in South Dakota

Just over 800,000 people live in South Dakota. That’s only ten people per every square mile. The population is about 86% white, 9% American Indian, 3% Hispanic or Latino, 1% black, and 1% Asian. About 85% of South Dakotans over the age of 25 have their high school diploma and 22% have their bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income is quite reasonable at about $46,200, and home values are very low at a median cost of $79,600. This means that you can make a good living in South Dakota and become a home owner in a comparatively short time.

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