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Old 11-06-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I will be possibly moving next year to South Dakota (Sioux Falls) for a career opportunity. I have visited Sioux Falls (and SD) first time ever in June this year and I was surprised how much I liked the area. The clean, well organized city, beautiful family friendly suburbs, lush greenery, small neat downtown and serene countryside on the outskirts of Sioux Falls. On top of that everyone Very friendly and welcoming ( I have Polish background and have found that Dakotas have strong central european roots).

This visit sparked my general interest in the Dakotas and it seems Fargo is very similar in many aspects to SF. I do understand it gets colder in wintertime and it is flatter. It also seems that SF growth has been more dynamic over the last 10 years. What are some other differences? Is there much difference in summer temps? Which city would you choose if offered similar position in terms of salary/work conditions?

Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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Not many differences between Fargo and SF. Fargo is generally cooler and slightly less humid in summer due to its higher lattitude. SF has a larger city population than Fargo. If you had an office-type position, then SF may be the choice with its large business-banking representation. If you had an educational position, then Fargo would be a good fit with many educational facilities being in the area.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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South Dakota does not have state income taxes, so if you are comparing taxes/salaries, keep that in mind. I lived in Fargo for a very long time and consider it very similar to SF, but I'm not sure which I would select if I were to pick one of the two cities, although I agree with Star that SF is likely to have milder temps. I think they are both great small cities if you want to be in the Midwest--safe, affordable, plenty to do considering their size, access to education and healthcare, fairly close to lakes, both have airports, both are growing and are fairly robust economically.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Fargo, ND
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If you're of Central European descent, you may find Sioux Falls slightly more hospitable than Fargo. In Fargo, if you're not Norwegian or German, you're "diverse."
Yes, I've been ridiculed for not knowing that "-on" endings on surnames (Olson, Larson) are Norwegian but that "-en" endings are Swedish or Danish. And earlier this school year, when my son's class was asked to raise their hands if they were part Norwegian, my son was one of 3 kids who didn't raise their hands--he's of Dutch ancestry, the second was a child of Vietnamese refugees, and the third was an Kurdish refugee.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. I am coming from the South (Virginia) and I am really tired of hot humid summers here. I have found a comment on this forum that Fargo summers are close to being perfect (temp wise + long daylight hours) Is Sioux Falls summer weather comparable or feels way hotter than Fargo?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Thanks for all the responses. I am coming from the South (Virginia) and I am really tired of hot humid summers here. I have found a comment on this forum that Fargo summers are close to being perfect (temp wise + long daylight hours) Is Sioux Falls summer weather comparable or feels way hotter than Fargo?
Hi there I am a meteorologist at NWS Grand Forks and we forecast for Fargo.

Fargo can have hot and humid periods in the summer...same as Sioux Falls. Typically they dont last too long before a less humid and cooler airmass moves in. Fargo being farther north would have less of the humid/hot days than Sioux Falls...but the difference isnt usually extreme. I looked up summer of 2011 and Fargo had 9 days of 90 or above and Sioux Falls had 19.

Both areas are in heavy agricultural areas....which tends to add more low level moisture to the air during the peak growing season.

Winters are a bit less severe in Sioux Falls but Sioux Falls can get just as much snow as they are often closer to a storm track. But below zero temps are a bit less frequent there and the chance for a mid winter thaw is greater than in Fargo. Fargo area is very flat....but close to the lake country in west central Minnesota...only about 1 hour east of Fargo and you can enjoy many many lakes and parks that are abundant in that part of Minnesota. Sioux Falls is less close to the Minnesota lake country...though there are several nice lakes about 1-2 hours southeast in northwest Iowa near Storm Lake. Sioux Falls is a bit more hilly and there is Falls Park in town which is very nice.

So overall the differences are more pronounced in the winter with temp differences and a bit less so in the summer. Both can be windy any time of year. Mosquitos can be a problem in both areas....though Fargo has an aggressive mosquito control program so that in the city it isnt a huge problem like it was 10+ years ago.


Dan
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I'd pick Rapid City over both, but Sioux Falls location really does make it warmer... it may not seem like much but even between Sioux Falls and here there is 5-10 degree temp differences especially in the fall and spring.. there's more of a 4 full seasons feel to sioux falls compared to Fargo.. winter will seem to drag out longer there. Plus a lot more extreme cold mornings where it's -20F and cooler.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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Rapid City might be too small and isolated for my wife taste. I also crave greenery that both SF and Fargo have. I am familiar with northern climate as I have spent quite a few hardcore winters in Poland. Not big fan of extreme cold weather but my job will allow me to take few weeks off during winter time that I can possibly utilize for vacation in warmer climates. Living in Poland I used to go by public transportation everywhere, and I still remember trauma of 20 min wait at the bus stop in windy, minus 20 degrees weather
Not too worried about Dakota cold (either ND or SD) knowing that I will be driving warm car. Would prefer to spend those long summer hours outside though (lakes sound great) and if it's above 90F summer is to hot for me to fully enjoy it.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:50 AM
 
Location: So Florida
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Hey if anyone really wants to try some real humidity in hot weather, come down here and give this hellhole a try..It's truly great down here...Hey Saltwater wait for me I cannot stand this place..The weather has finally broke me,its time to go back up to an area that has some seasons.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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sounds like Fargo is for you, then. Me, I love highs in the 90's with lows above 70 in the summer... not that Sioux falls has even had many 90 degree days the last few years but it certainly can happen. To each their own. As for Rapid City being too small, the population difference isn't that much between that and Fargo, and it feels a lot bigger then a typical city of that size, due to it being a prime tourist destination. I don't think she'd have a problem out there if she likes scenery.. plus there's towns nearby in and outside the hills.. spearfish, sturgis, lead, deadwood, custer... plenty to do in deadwood... so as far as entertainment, both naturewise, climate, and casinos, eating, and shopping, the area around the black hills does provide.

It is generally not green all summer though, that's the one downside... except for the evergreens growing on the hills which are always green, and in the towns where people have planted and maintain various tree species, water their lawns, etc. The hills get much more snow than the surrounding countryside as well, if you like to ski, snowmobile, etc. A few years back a guy I work with vacationed out there during a storm where they got 2-3 feet at the vacation home he was staying at.. said he never saw anything like it.. he couldn't keep up with the shoveling for his dogs. ha.

there's some pictures on this page of the black hills area...... from October.

South Dakota Pictures


Here is a comparison between fargo, sioux falls and rapid city january temperatures.. keep in mind chinook winds help create this warmth in rapid city.. if you go into the hills themselves that affect diminishes and the temps plummet. It does get into the 90's out there, however it's dry heat, and in the hills it's always cooler. Looking at Sioux Falls vs fargo, the temp difference is a good 10-20 degrees in the winter, though one has to argue if the difference between 10 and 30 is that big a deal.. it's still cold... now if it gets above 40 like in the hills, that's a different story...

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