If you live in the Sioux Falls area, you are aware of how much and how fast this part of South Dakota is growing. But it's not the only part of our state that has people moving in fast and furiously.

According to a U-Haul Growth Index study, South Dakota’s top growth cities are Spearfish, Aberdeen, Rapid City, Yankton, and Watertown. Other notable net-gain markets include Sturgis, Hot Springs, Belle Fourche, Mitchell, Brookings, Brandon, and Huron. Pierre and Harrisburg are break-even markets.

All of these people who moved to South Dakota last year moved the state into 19th place on their growth state index. According to U-Haul, this is 12 spots higher than the previous year.

The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks, trailers, and U-Box moving containers arriving in a city or state, versus the movers departing from that city or state, in a calendar year.

This data is compiled from more than 2.5 million one-way U-Haul customer transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

The Top 5 Growth States Are:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. North Carolina
  4. South Carolina
  5. Tennesee

So when you think our state continues to expand quickly, you are absolutely right!

Source: U-Haul Growth Index

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by Moneyinc.com

Welcome to The Clearest Lake in South Dakota

Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a crown jewel of Custer State Park, it is also a movie star, and the clearest lake in the state.

Gallery Credit: Patty D

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