Moving to South Dakota: People respond to governor’s invitation to relocate during the pandemic
22 Dec 2020
This summer, Governor Kristi Noem invited businesses and workers to move to South Dakota in her ‘South Dakota Means Business’ campaign, touting the message that our state will never be shut down or face mandates.
Since then, the governor has made dozens of appearances on national conservative media outlets, sharing how she is handling the coronavirus in South Dakota.
That message seems to be working to attract more new people to the state, even during a pandemic.
“Coming into this year with covid, we really didn’t know what to expect for the year, but talking with ourselves and other realtors, we hear a lot that this has been the busiest year of their career,” Hegg Realtor Brad Stockberger said.
Real estate agents say historically low interest rates are a big factor in the booming moving business this year; out-of-state business is another big factor.
“Out of my personal last 10 deals, four of them have been out of state buyers,” Exp. Realty South Dakota Broker Jon Mehlhoff said.
“I would definitely say that this year has been a lot more than our previous years,” Stockberger said. “We’ve been seeing quite a few moving in from many states, California, Texas, Minnesota and surrounding areas.”
“I wanted to be further north and closer to my family,” Shelby Shigley said.
Ryan and Shelby Shigley just moved to the Sioux Falls area from Southern California.
“They have really good school systems in the area and that’s really important to us at this age,” Shigley said.
There were a lot of things that drew the Shigley family to the area.
“We chose the area and then looked for the job. I’m a nurse so I can go just about anywhere,” Ryan Shigley said.
As an ICU Nurse, Ryan noticed big differences in how the state is handling the pandemic.
“Everything is still open, we spent 10 months pretty much locked down, so it was kind of different to see that,” Shigley said.
He says the move to South Dakota hasn’t changed much about how his family it responding to the pandemic.
“For the most part, living like we were in California, just to keep the family safe, staying home mostly,” Shigley said.
But it’s a different story for many others moving to South Dakota right now.