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South Dakota real estate

South Dakota – Ready, Willing, and Able for a Housing Boom

Realtors in South Dakota wish their housing market was as exciting as what their neighbors to the north are dealing with – where an oil boom has led to a housing boom in North Dakota. While some of the prosperity has spilled over to the south, the Mount Rushmore State hasn’t seen nearly as much success as North Dakota has.

Instead, home prices here have been like a rollercoaster – going both up and down for the past several years. Now that they’re back on an upswing, the mortgages in South Dakota are even more important. Realtors in South Dakota say that low rates combined with improving prices should provide a strong incentive for people to buy in 2013.

Realtors in South Dakota say one of the most interesting areas to keep an eye on in 2013 will be Rapid City. Since the western side of the Mount Rushmore State has benefitted the most from North Dakota’s oil boom, experts want to see how Rapid City responds to the overflow. If the population continues to go up – and the unemployment rate increases with it – good things will happen to Rapid City’s housing market this year. So far, there’s already talk of new condos and new commercial development, so better news for the homes for sale in Rapid City seems like the logical next step!

In Sioux Falls – the state’s largest city – buyers will have their choice of new and existing homes for sale. Since more than 600 new home permits were issued in 2012 (that’s more than double the amount that were issued in 2011), there will be plenty of never-been-lived-in homes to choose from in 2013. Even though the number of permits issued is still lower than it was before the housing bubble burst, realtors in South Dakota say it’s a sign that both builder and consumer confidence are on the rise – which is really just a fancy way of saying that people here feel better about the direction that the housing market is going in.

Up in Aberdeen, renting appears to be the way to go. In fact, apartments here are so popular that throughout 2012, several new complexes popped up around town. An average apartment for rent in Aberdeen will cost you about $600 per month – much lower than the sky-high rental prices that we’re seeing in most of the country.

One thing that realtors all over South Dakota are smiling about? The state’s unemployment rate. At 4.4% at the end of 2012, South Dakota was third-best in the country. That means people here have steadier paychecks than most of the country – meaning that they’re more capable of committing to mortgages.

Living in South Dakota

Want to work in the city, then escape to the rolling prairies, glistening lakes, and soaring pines to relax? That’s what South Dakota offers!

The Missouri River divides South Dakota into two halves, with the eastern side housing a majority of the state’s population. While the fertile soil of the eastern side is ideal for growing crops, ranching is more popular on the western side.

The climate is the same wherever you go, though. The summers are hot, while the winters are extremely cold and windy. Sioux Falls receives more than 40 inches in of snow per year.

Before you head off to South Dakota, let’s go over some of the fast facts:

  • What is the population of South Dakota?
  • The population of South Dakota is 833,354
  • What is the capital of South Dakota?
  • The capital of South Dakota is Pierre
  • What is the largest city in South Dakota?
  • The largest city is Sioux Falls

South Dakota’s economy has long depended on the agriculture industry, especially in its more rural areas. The state is known for its cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Meat packing and ethanol production are also job-creators.

Other industries – like the finance, retail, and health care markets – have grown substantially over the past few decades, too. The federal government is one of the largest employers in the state, thanks to Ellsworth Air Force Base, near Rapid City.

If you enjoy outdoor adventures, South Dakota has plenty to offer. In fact, this state is home to some of the most amazing natural attractions in the country! From hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and boating to hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing and bird watching, there are endless options for all activity levels. South Dakota boasts more than 440 miles of waterway in the Missouri River and Reservoirs.

People from all around the world flock to the Black Hills, Badlands, and the Lakes region for its breathtaking scenery. A major tourist favorite is Mount Rushmore, located in the Black Hills, a sacred area to the Sioux.

Other favorite destinations include Wind Cave, Custer State Park, historic Deadwood and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Countless South Dakotans also get excited for the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held over five-days in Sturgis.

This is the Census data for South Dakota


Total population estimate for South Dakota (July 1) 2012
Total population change for South Dakota- April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012


Percentage of the population that's under 5 years old in South Dakota, 2011
Percentage of the population that's under 18 years years old in South Dakota, 2011
Percentage of the population that's 65 years and over South Dakota, 2011


Percentage of the population that are females in South Dakota, 2011

Race breakdown for South Dakota in percentages

White alone, 2011
Black alone, 2011
American Indian and Alaska Native alone,2011
Asian alone, percent, 2011
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, 2011
Two or more races, 2011
Hispanic or Latino Origin, 2011
Not Hispanic, White alone, 2011

A little more about the residents of South Dakota

Percentage of residents who lived in the same house 1 year ago, 2007-2011
Percent of residents who are foreign born 2007-2011
Percent speaking a language other than English at home, 2007-2011


Percent high school graduates or higher for residents 25 years old and over in South Dakota, 2007-2011
Percent with a bachelor's degree or higher for residents 25 years old and over in South Dakota, 2007-2011


Total number of Veterans living in South Dakota 2007-2011


The average travel time to work for workers in South Dakota (16 years and over not working at home), 2007-2011
16.7 mins

Real estate stats in South Dakota

Housing unit estimates, 2011
Owner-occupied housing units - percent of total occupied housing units, 2007-2011
Housing units by units in structure - multi-dwelling structure, percent, 2007-2011
Median value of specified owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011
Households, 2007-2011
Average household size, 2007-2011


Per capita income for South Dakota in the past 12 months (in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars), 2007-2011
Median household income in South Dakota, 2007-2011
Percentage of people living in poverty in South Dakota 2007-2011

Business and commerce info for South Dakota

Private nonfarm establishments, 2010
Private nonfarm employment for pay period including March 12, 2010
Private nonfarm employment for pay period including March 12, 2010, percent change, 2000-2010
Total number of businesses in South Dakota, 2007
Percentage of Black-owned businesses in South Dakota, 2007
Percentage of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses in South Dakota , 2007
Percentage of Asian-owned businesses in South Dakota, 2007
Percentage of Native Hawaiian- and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses in South Dakota, 2007
Percentage of Hispanic-owned businesses in South Dakota, 2007
Percentage of Women-owned businesses in South Dakota, 2007

Land size and population

Size of South Dakota in Square Miles, 2010
75,811.00 mi²
Population per square mile in South Dakota, 2010

South Dakota real estate