Moving to Yankton FAQs

Moving to a new community is exciting, but there are lots of things to take care of. Finding a place to live, landing a new job, enrolling your kids in school, getting a new driver’s license – the list goes on and on.  

We want to make it easier for you to become part of our community, so we put together these FAQs to guide you through the process of moving to Yankton. 

Do you have a question about moving here that isn’t answered below? Ask it here!

Relocation Guide

How can I get a copy of the Yankton Relocation Guide?

The Yankton Relocation Guide is a great way to learn all about Yankton and discover why it's an amazing place to live, work, and play! Conveniently view the digital guide online. A printed copy can also be requested here

Visitors Guide

Where can I get a copy of the Yankton Visitors Guide?

Get instant access to details, tips and information about the area's best attractions in the Yankton Visitors Guide. Download the PDF file HERE!

Resource Directories

I am uninsured or underinsured. Where can I get medical assistance?

This directory contains information on where uninsured and underinusred individuals can received medical assistance.

Where can I find an up-to-date Directory of Services for Yankton?

View the current Yankton Directory of Services pdf HERE

Is there a list of local restaurants that offer drive-thru, carryout or delivery options?

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce put together the Yankton Grub Love website which lists the local restaurants and bars currently offering drive-thru, takeout & delivery options

GYL Resource Directory

Find these directories and so much more at

211 Community Resources

You are not alone! Every day people turn to 211 for information and support – whether financial, family, health, or disaster-related. The call or text is free and confidential. Learn more at!

How do I find a job and advance in my career?

Who can assist me with my South Dakota job search?

About Dakota Roots:

Matching out-of-state job seekers with South Dakota career opportunities.

Dakota Roots is an ongoing, free initiative backed by the Department of Labor and Regulation to help grow our South Dakota workforce.

We partner with the state’s most dynamic, up-and-coming businesses to connect people looking to relocate with South Dakota job openings, moving resources and more.

Who qualifies for help?

It’s simple: if you’re interested in making South Dakota your home, you qualify. And it’s totally free – just sign up using the form at

If you already live in South Dakota, you can refer a family member or friend to Dakota Roots at

South Dakota businesses interested in connecting with Dakota Roots participants can post a job to start connecting with out-of-state applicants.

Meet our local Advisor:

How do I find a job?

One of the most important parts of your move to Yankton is finding a rewarding career. Fortunately, our community has low unemployment, which means we have a lot of jobs for you to choose from. Explore open and available jobs here.

What resources are available to grow professionally?

You'll have many excellent opportunities to network in Yankton from small gatherings of friends to joining civic organizations. Yankton is proud to have the following career specific groups:

1 Million Cups – Yankton, a weekly support group for the entrepreneurial-minded, visit their website here or like them on Facebook for more information.

LINC: United Way of Greater Yankton, a monthly young professionals volunteering group, visit their website here or like them on Facebook for more information.

SCORE – Yankton, a mentoring program to facilitate small business development, visit their website here for more information.

Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, a local organization that offers monthly educational and networking opportunities, visit their website here for more information.

Or if you need a space to work remotely or start your business, then you'll want a membership at The Mo, Yankton's coworking space, visit their website here for more information.

How can I continue my education?

Whether you are looking for a certification or a degree, continuing your education is easy in Yankton.

In Yankton, Mount Marty College offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as one doctorate. Visit their website for more information.

Just a half an hour drive, Vermillion is home to the University of South Dakota, with both arts and science bachelors, masters, and doctors. They also offer certifications and cultural programming. Visit their website for more information.

Interested in learning a skill? RTEC offers welding courses, CDL training, and more. Visit their website for more information.

Cornerstones Career Center offers English as a second language classes, GED preparation, and more. Visit their website for more information.

Or travel to Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, or Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.

I want to start my own business, how do I get started?

Entrepreneurs and dreamers are always welcome in our community. If you've always wanted to start your own business, but aren’t sure how to begin, visit these frequently asked questions to help you get started.

How do I find a place to live?

How do I find a rental home?

Finding the perfect rental takes some persistence. We’ve created a directory of rental properties, so you can see what’s available around Yankton. From efficiencies, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments, to townhomes and houses, the right rental is out there for you. Look through the listings here and reach out to our local landlords to learn more.

How do I buy a home in Yankton?

Buying a home has its own set of challenges. From navigating the mortgage process to finding the right realtor it can be hard to know if you're making good decisions – and that's before you even start looking at houses. Rambling ranches, cozy cottages, beautiful bungalows – here's a list of realtors to help you get started. Make sure to look at our housing resource at the top of that page too.


How do I find transportation around Yankton?

With a population of 14,454, Yankton is a compact town, with a variety of transportation options. The Auld-Brokaw Trail and slow streets mean that biking is viable to get to most destinations. Yankton Transit provides accessible transportation within Yankton and around the region, visit their website here. Local taxi companies offer transportation at short-notice. Or you can get a Lyft, visit their Facebook page here.

How do I change my address with the United States Postal Service?

Make sure to change your address with the United States Postal Service! This free service will provide you with free forwarding for a year – giving you a chance to let everyone know your new address. Sign up on the United States Postal Services' website or ask for a change of address form at your local post office.

How do I register to vote in South Dakota?

Make sure to register to vote when you move to South Dakota so that you impact local, state, and national decision-making.

You can register to vote at the same time you get a South Dakota Driver's license. Or visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's website for other ways that you can register to vote.

How do I get a South Dakota Driver's License?

Once you've moved to South Dakota, you won't want to put of getting a South Dakota Driver's License for too long. To get a driver's license, 1) bring a federally compliant driver's license or id, or your social security card, a W-2, a 1099, or paystub with your full social security number displayed, 2) two pieces of mail with your residential/physical address and name less than one year old, and 3) a certified U.S. birth certificate, a valid, non-expired U.S. passport/passport card, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, permanent resident card, employment authorization card or foreign passport with U.S visa/I-94.  If you were born in a U.S. territory, you’ll need to provide a valid, unexpired U.S. passport, passport card or Consular Report of Birth Abroad instead of a birth certificate. More information on getting your South Dakota Driver's License on South Dakota Department of Public Safety's website.

In Yankton, the DMV office is open on Thursday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Call the office for more information at: (605) 773-6883.

How do I register my vehicle and get license plates in South Dakota?

If you're bringing a vehicle with you to South Dakota, you'll need to register your vehicle and get a new title and South Dakota license plates. 

Plan a trip to the Yankton county treasurer's office (in the Yankton County Government Building at 321 W. 3rd St. Suite 107) or call their office for more information at: (605) 260-4400. Bring your current out-of-state title, a fill-outed vehicle registration form available on South Dakota Department of Revenue's website, proof of insurance, and be prepared to have an odometer reading if your vehicle is newer than 9 years old.  

How do I sent up my utilities?

How do I start Natural Gas service?

Natural gas is provided by MidAmerican Energy within Yankton city limits. Complete their start service form on MidAmerican's website if you are new to the company. If you are already a MidAmerican customer, follow the directions on this page of their website to transfer services. Or call their office for more information: (888) 427-5632.

How do I start Electrical service?

Electrical service is provided by NorthWestern Energy within Yankton city limits. Complete the start service form on NorthWestern Energy's website. Or call their office for more information: (800) 245-6977.

How do I start Water & Sewer service?

Water and sewer service is provided by the City of Yankton within city limits. To sign up for city utilities, you need to stop in the City Finance Office, 416 Walnut, City Hall, Main Floor, between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday – Friday (excluding holidays). Learn more about the City of Yankton's water and sewer utilities on their website. Or call their office at: (605) 668-5241.

How do I start Trash & Recycling service?

Trash removal and single stream recycling services are provided by the City of Yankton within city limits. To sign up for city trash and recycling services, you need to stop in the City Finance Office, 416 Walnut, City Hall, Main Floor, between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday – Friday (excluding holidays).  Learn more about the City of Yankton's trash and recycling services here on their website. Or call their office at: (605) 668-5241.

Alternative trash removal services in Yankton include: Janssen's Garbage, (605) 665-9771, and Art's Garbage, (402) 388-4685.

How do I start Internet, Cable, & Telecommunication service?

Internet, cable, and telecommunications are provided by several companies in Yankton: CenturyLink, visit their website, or call their office at: (800) 261-1691.

MidCo, visit their website, or call their office at: (800) 888-1300.

Vast Broadband, visit their website, or call their office at: (800) 745-2888

How do I find a Mobile Carrier?

Mobile carriers with infrastructure around the Yankton area include:

AT & T, visit their website, or call their Yankton store at: (605) 665-4256.

Verizon Wireless, visit their website, or call their Yankton store at (605) 668-9035.

Cricket Mobile, visit their Facebook page, or call their Yankton store at (605) 661-2644.

How do I find schools and daycares to meet my family's needs?

How do I find a daycare that fits my family’s needs?

When you are at work ensure that your child will have an opportunity to learn and thrive. Each child is different, and your family's needs are always evolving. Yankton offers large and small daycare options. Use our daycare directory to find a daycare that's right for your family! 

What public schools are available?

Yankton School District offers a quality education at their four elementary schools, middle school, and high school. Our Yankton public schools offer extracurricular activities for all tastes and talents from athletics to music to computers – your child will thrive in our caring school district. Enroll your child on the Yankton School District's website or call the Superintendent's office for more information at: (605) 665-3998.  

If you are moving to one of Yankton's surrounding towns, find more information about the school districts outside of Yankton here.

What private schools are available?

In addition to Yankton's public schools, there are two private schools offering a pre-k through 8th education.  

Missouri Valley Christian Academy offers students a challenging K-8th curriculum with Christian values infused throughout all lessons. Visit their website or call their office for more information at: (605) 665-4470 

Sacred Heart School offers a Pre-K through 8th grade private education. Visit their website or call their office for more information at: (605) 665-5841, elementary school, or (605) 665-1808, middle school. 

What after-school and summer programs are available?

No matter your children's interests, they will have plenty to do in Yankton after school and during the summer.

Each school has unique opportunities for kids, from band to clubs to athletics.

Additionally, the community has many dedicated organizations for children to develop their talents and abilities:

Boys & Girls Club: after school programming, visit their website.

Yankton Community Library: after school activities, clubs, teen activities, story time, stay and play, visit their website.

City of Yankton Summer Programs:  sports, educational classes, day camps, fine arts, and more, visit their website.

Summit Center: swimming pool, swimming lessons, birthday party rentals, visit their website.

Yankton Area Ice Association: hockey & figure skating, visit their website.

River City Gymnastics & Cheer, visit their website.

Yankton Swim Team, visit their website.

Yankton Girls Softball Association, visit their website.

Yankton Baseball, visit their website.

Yankton Youth Football, visit their website.

Yankton Youth Soccer Association, visit their website.

National Field Archery Association: archery classes and clubs, visit their website.

Academy of Dance, visit their website.

The Green Room Dance Studio, visit their website.

Yankton Area Arts: fine arts classes & activities, visit their website.

Yankton Children’s Theatre Company, visit their Facebook page.

Yankton Children’s Choir, Ensemble in Residence at Mount Marty College, visit their Facebook page.

How do I find local fun?

How do I find trails for my favorite activities?

The Auld-Brokaw Trail follows Marne Creek as it meanders through Yankton, offering a prime jogging, biking, and walking trail. It also connects to the trail system around Lake Yankton and the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, and the Nebraska Primitive Trails. That's 42 miles for your favorite nonmotorized activities. Find the trail map on the City of Yankton's website.

I'm a foodie, tell me about my culinary options in Yankton:

Yankton has loads of great eateries with something for every taste – from sit-down family-style restaurants to diners and coffee houses to food trucks and more. Just down the road, Vermillion offers a wide variety of culinary options. Grab a map and hit the road to explore even more regional restaurants in our nine-county area. Explore all the possibilities with our restaurant directory!

I'm a movie buff, where can I enjoy a show?

With 5 screens, the AMC theater in Yankton brings the big shows to town. Visit their website for a list of current shows or call their office for more information at: (605) 668-0010.

I love theatre, what's available in Yankton?

Whether you enjoy watching a fine performance, or you like to get on the stage yourself, you’ll find a home in Yankton’s theatre community. Lewis & Clark Theatre Company produces plays year-round, visit their website here. Yankton Children’s Theatre Company nurtures the talents of our youngest generation, visit their Facebook page. Mount Marty College’s Theatre program shares their abilities with the whole community, visit their website here.

Not far away, the University of South Dakota also shares their productions with the public, visit their website for more information. Find other theatre events around the region on our calendar of events.

I love music, what's available in Yankton?

Where do we start? During the summer, find great music coordinated by Yankton Area Arts at the Riverside Amphitheater, visit their website here. Or head down to the Music at the Meridian, visit their Facebook page. That’s not to mention musicians playing in our bars and restaurants or featured at regional fairs and festivals.

Winter brings more as Yankton Area Concert Association offers an annual concert series, visit their Facebook page. Our local schools offer their musical programs and the round of musicians in bars and restaurants continues.

Year-round, Events at AME brings talented musicians from around the country into a unique venue. Find more information on their Facebook page.

Around our region, Vermillion is home to the National Music Museum, which offers quality musical programming, visit their website here. The University of South Dakota opens their musical programs to the public as well, visit their website here.

Make sure to visit our calendar of events for more information on local musicians and musical offerings around our region!

My family loves the outdoors, what outdoor recreation is available?

With the Missouri National Recreational River in our community's backyard, there's lots of opportunity for boating, canoeing, and kayaking.

Just west of Yankton, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area allows for even more water sports, as well as camping, hiking, biking, swimming, and enjoying the natural beauty of chalkstone cliffs and rolling hills.

There's more recreational opportunities a short drive away – find more recreation areas with our directory here

Where can I rent outdoor equipment?

Have you always wanted to try kayaking or jet skiing without the investment? Want to bike around town but not own a bike? There are several options for renting recreational equipment in Yankton.

Ace Bike & Fitness rents kayak, bike, and Maui mats. Visit their website or call their office for more information at: (605) 260-2453

DJ's Sports Rentals rents campers, RVs, carts, bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and waterbikes. Visit their website or call their office for more information at: (605) 665-3206.

Lakeside Fun Rentals rents campers, bikes, pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, wakeboards, and knee boards. Visit their website or call their office for more information at: (605) 689-0250.

Are there sports leagues that I can join?

Make new friends while enjoying a sport! Yankton offers seasonal adult sports leagues for a variety of sports – from flag football to sand volleyball to basketball and more! See what current sports leagues are open for registration on the City of Yankton’s website here.

How can I go fishing and hunting?

With the Lewis & Clark State recreation area just minutes from Yankton, the Missouri National Recreational River, and the James River, Yankton is a great place to fish. Find current information on buying a fishing license and the exact locations you can fish on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ website here.

If hunting is your sport of choice, South Dakota is a good place to call home. There are opportunities to hunt an array of both big and small game over a variety of seasons. Find current information on buying a hunting permit and registering for hunter’s education courses on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ website here.

I have a green thumb, what gardening resources are available in Yankton?

Gardeners rejoice! Yankton’s climate is a great fit for growing veggies and fruits to feed your family and friends. Our community offers some valuable resources to get you started.

Healthy Yankton offers plots from April to October for a nominal fee, visit their Facebook page here. Yankton Seed Library offers classes and seeds monthly from January to October, visit their Facebook page here. Missouri Valley Master Gardeners offer educational events, visit their Facebook page here.

I need my shopping fix, what's the retail scene like around Yankton?

Love spending a morning or afternoon finding treasures? Yankton’s shops offer cute clothing, beautiful antiques, household décor, and more. Each town around our region has unique options. Use our shopping directory to explore retail offerings in our nine-county area!

I love staying active year-round, what activities can I enjoy in the winter?

In a four-season town, winter means just as much fun as summer! Stay active with a membership to a local gym or fitness center. Or get your ice skates on over at Yankton Ice Association’s Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center, visit their website here. Take advantage of local parks for more ice skating, sledding, and skiing.

Snowshoe, ski, or sled out at the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area or travel to other state parks around the region. Use our recreation directory to find winter options.

Community Life and Involvement

I want to get involved in the community, how can I find volunteering opportunities?

Yankton has a bustling nonprofit scene, with abundant opportunities to volunteer! From opportunities to mentor and tutor to serving on nonprofit boards to helping at community events and festivals, there’s a way for everyone to give back. Use our volunteer opportunities directory to find the right fit for you and explore further opportunities on United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton’s website here.

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