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Old 01-04-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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What are the real differences besides SD not having state tax and more tornadoes?

I've been on both the SD and ND forums lately, and both states seem like they could be great places to live and raise a family.

There does not seem to be a lot of difference in landscape, etc.

What are the REAL differences?
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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HMMM~North Dakota may have a bit more of a Norwegian presence. Landscape-wise, you're right. The eastern side of both states is fairly flat and was at one time prairie. The western side is more hilly although I prefer the Black Hills in So. Dak. to western No. Dak. (Just personal preference here~no flames, please.) It's definitely colder in No. Dak. then So. Dak. so you're right on that again.

I really don't know if there's that much difference in the two. The only thing I have learned is that when we split, we didn't split on good terms and the Prez had to secretly sign both of us into statehood and never let anyone know which one became a state first. Guess we both wanted to be first or more important or something.

I rarely post in the No. Dak. forum, but since I moderate it, I read on there every day. There are some members who have been here for a long time and seem like they're pretty nice people so it's obvious that both states have some friendly and welcoming residents.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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I'm sure you can find solid facts comparing the two, but I'll tell you my perceptions... I think ND feels more isolated - even East River - than SD. And after spending the weekend before Christmas in Fargo, I can tell you it is often quite a bit colder!

It also seems like ND has fewer trees and seems even flatter than SD, though this is probably just perception again.

Fargo does have a lot going on - just about every store and chain restaurant you can think of - and there's a lot of activity there.

One easy way to tell if someone's from ND? They call it "Nortdakota."
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the info on the differences. I'd rather hear personal perceived differences than info written for some factoid. Personal perceptions, while biased, are often closer to the truth.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Metigoshe, ND
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HMMM~North Dakota may have a bit more of a Norwegian presence. Landscape-wise, you're right. The eastern side of both states is fairly flat and was at one time prairie. The western side is more hilly although I prefer the Black Hills in So. Dak. to western No. Dak. (Just personal preference here~no flames, please.) It's definitely colder in No. Dak. then So. Dak. so you're right on that again.

I really don't know if there's that much difference in the two. The only thing I have learned is that when we split, we didn't split on good terms and the Prez had to secretly sign both of us into statehood and never let anyone know which one became a state first. Guess we both wanted to be first or more important or something.

I rarely post in the No. Dak. forum, but since I moderate it, I read on there every day. There are some members who have been here for a long time and seem like they're pretty nice people so it's obvious that both states have some friendly and welcoming residents.
Not totally true. North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th. Granted on the same day. The president didn't want to pick which one would be first, so had secretary shuffle the papers up and picked NoDak first...
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Lake Metigoshe, ND
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What are the real differences besides SD not having state tax and more tornadoes?

I've been on both the SD and ND forums lately, and both states seem like they could be great places to live and raise a family.

There does not seem to be a lot of difference in landscape, etc.

What are the REAL differences?
Grew up in North Dakota and made a few trips to South Dakota. Other than the Black Hills of SoDak, not that much different scenicly speaking. We both share the Missouri river and have great fishing lakes. Northern North Dakota shares border with Manitoba and you will find nice rolling hills, TREES!, from Lake Metigoshe area all the way to eastern North Dakota. Pembina area is very nice and scenic as well. But, we both are ag states. Not sure about what South Dakota produces, but North Dakota is #1 in Durum Wheat and also has large crops in many other small grains. Yup! North Dakota is colder, and some people think that the cold keeps a lot of crime out of the state. Also, hard to get mad at someone when your frozen in your boots. Also, there is Roosevelt National Park in western NoDak that does have lots of similarites to South Dakota's badlands. If I were interested in moving to the Dakotas, I would visit both, because everyone will find different preferences in each.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Not totally true. North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th. Granted on the same day. The president didn't want to pick which one would be first, so had secretary shuffle the papers up and picked NoDak first...
Interesting. Thank you for letting me know that. I learned two things new today.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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WEATHER!~COOLER IN summer
FREEZING in winter(very, very long winters, up there!)
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls Vicinity
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What are the real differences besides SD not having state tax and more tornadoes?

I've been on both the SD and ND forums lately, and both states seem like they could be great places to live and raise a family.

There does not seem to be a lot of difference in landscape, etc.

What are the REAL differences?
Personally I think SD is a lot more interesting to live in than ND. I just think ND's boring. Personal preference.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls Vicinity
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HMMM~North Dakota may have a bit more of a Norwegian presence. Landscape-wise, you're right. The eastern side of both states is fairly flat and was at one time prairie. The western side is more hilly although I prefer the Black Hills in So. Dak. to western No. Dak. (Just personal preference here~no flames, please.) It's definitely colder in No. Dak. then So. Dak. so you're right on that again.

I really don't know if there's that much difference in the two. The only thing I have learned is that when we split, we didn't split on good terms and the Prez had to secretly sign both of us into statehood and never let anyone know which one became a state first. Guess we both wanted to be first or more important or something.

I rarely post in the No. Dak. forum, but since I moderate it, I read on there every day. There are some members who have been here for a long time and seem like they're pretty nice people so it's obvious that both states have some friendly and welcoming residents.
But the real question is: Why is there no East Virginia? That bothered me in the sixth grade. It ruins my sense of evenness. lol
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