South Dakota Senior Living Communities

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The Mount Rushmore State has 313 assisted living options for seniors. So how do you begin to find the one that is right for you? To start, you can search Senior Living’s comprehensive web database for senior community options ranging from nursing homes to independent living. You’ll find unbiased reviews from residents and their families as well as pictures, maps, and informational articles. First, read the following South Dakota facts to get you more acquainted with the state.

South Dakota Senior LivingWith a population of 151,505, Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state followed by Rapid City and Aberdeen. It’s in and around these cities that you are likely to find the most options for senior living and for senior care. The cost of living is 9% below the national average while the cost of housing comes in at 15% below making the state quite affordable for those on fixed income. There is no state income tax, and retirement income is not taxed. Property taxes are assessed at 85% of market value and those 65 or older and disabled veterans are entitled to a tax reduction and exemption respectively. South Dakota’s economy is healthy overall. In October 2010 the website 247wallst.com rated it the 13th “Best Performing” state in the country. This was due to its low unemployment (4.5%) and low state debt.

South Dakota’s climate brings in four seasons each year. Winter can get very cold with large temperature differences depending on where you live. For example, the normal January high in Rapid City is 34 degrees; 21 degrees in Aberdeen. Expect plenty of snowfall including blizzards. The warm, dry summer temperatures are fairly uniform across the state with normal July highs of 85 to 86 degrees.

The state’s parks are a great way for seniors to explore South Dakota. These include Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Crazy Horse Memorial and many others. Bike along the 109-mile long Mickelson Rail Trail in the Black Hills. Fish for salmon on Lake Oahe. Attend the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival or visit the Horse Barn Art Gallery. Stop by the Journey Museum or the Museum of Geology in Rapid City.

Senior Living is a great place to start your search for assisted living communities. Just click on a city link or type your address in the search field above to receive a map and a listing of options. For more questions, click on Contact Us and fill out the short email form, and we’ll get back to you soon. You’re on your way to finding the perfect South Dakota senior living communities.