While it’s true that wages are a bit lower here than other places, the cost of living is too - and that’s good news for us renters, so let’s start looking.
Get Your Ducks, er Pheasants in a Row
Most property management companies will require a credit check. A handful will also bother with a criminal background check. Both privately and corporate-managed properties will ask for first plus last month’s rent and pet deposits, but this is South Dakota - all combined, the dough you’ll have to shell out is probably a truckload less than you’re paying now, so relax. You’ll find a place, and in no time folks will assume you’ve lived here your entire life. As long as you stop saying “soda” or “Coke,” that is. People around here call it “pop.”
Perhaps shockingly to outsiders, Sioux Falls boasts a vibrant downtown complete with sidewalk cafes, live music and great food. While still a far cry from the breakneck cultural pace of NYC, LA or even Chicago - Downtown is as urban as SoDak gets, so if you’re single, young and looking to shake things up, this should be the focus of your search. Hey, they’ve even got one of those newfangled “loft”-type buildings!
North Sioux Falls
Slightly older and more run down than the rest of the city, the northern neighborhoods are a value bonanza. Sure, there might be a trailer park a few blocks away, but if you’re only paying $500 a month for rent, you can afford to upgrade your security.
West Sioux Falls
Compulsive shoppers will be happy to situate themselves near the Empire Mall and the retailers nestled along 41st St. Traffic in this area gets somewhat congested, but that’s South Dakota “congested,” not Los Angeles “congested.” Look for fun amenities you’ve probably never heard of, such as “community computer rooms” and “heated garages.”
South Sioux Falls
Ooh la la, South Sioux Falls! Most of the housing is in this area is brand spankin’ new, which means it’s the “fancy” part of town. Consider it the Beverly Hills of Sioux Falls, but with much smaller closets.
The suburbs of tea, Brandon and Harrisburg are about 1 or 2 miles from the Sioux Falls city limits. Way out here, the options are single-family homes and small complexes and the pace of life is s-l-o-w and mainly family/church/school oriented.
There you have it - one small, sweet package, kinda like Sioux Falls itself. So slap a smile on your face, hit the bricks and begin the search for your new apartment in this fairy tale of a town.
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