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While South Dakota does offer, many opportunities for senior assisted living, its state slogan is "Great Faces - Great Places." The state offers popular visiting areas at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the town of Deadwood. Seniors will find several locations with assisted living centers and retirement opportunities.
Sportsmen will find South Dakota popular for hunting and fishing. Fishing revenues contribute $170 million to South Dakota's economy, yearly. While hunting, contributes over $190 million each year. The state sales tax is 4%; prescription drugs are exempt from state taxes. Cities may add 2.75% onto sales. The state does not have a personal income tax requirement, and there is no tax on retirement income. Seniors welcome the low cost of living, compared with the national average.
The state's largest economic contributor is the service industry. This includes retail, financial, and health care industries. The state’s agricultural crops and farm livestock, play a large part in the state's economy. The Black Hills region to the West has started to add to the economy, with gambling becoming legal in the town of Deadwood.
The current estimated population of the state is 786,399; there are 114,459 senior citizens living in the state over the age of 65. The states average assisted living costs are $34,100 a year. The average nursing home cost is $62,250 each year. The Office of Health Care Facilities Licensure and Certification Health Systems Development and Regulation - South Dakota Department of Health administer all health care facilities and providers.
The noted author Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up near the town of the De Smet, South Dakota. Her many books spoke of her life and experiences living in the state while contributing to the popular television series, “The Little House on the Prairie”. The state landscape does consist of mountains and forest on its western borders and rolling parries grasslands to the East.
The Black Hills area still does contain gold, which became popular in the HBO movie series Deadwood. Custer State Park is a current home for a large herd of 1500 bison “Buffalo”. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota, found at the Southeast corner of the state. Rapid City, located in the central west boundary of the state. The state's capital is Pierre, and found in the center of the state.
The remaining open areas of the state do offer several small communities, which are mainly ranching and farming areas. Seniors will find there are larger groups of assisted living facilities in the most populated cities. Small communities do offer senior housing and some have nursing homes. All communities offer healthcare clinics. The major hospitals are in the larger cities of Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and the state capital Pierre.