Record-breaking cold like Sunday’s isn’t stopping folks from moving to South Dakota. According to new Census data posted by Governing, South Dakota is tied with Maine for the 18th-highest net migration rate. For the 12 months ending July 1, 2016, South Dakota saw net migration of 3.0 people per 1,000 population. The top destination states were Florida (16.0 per 1,000), Nevada (14.4) and Oregon (14.0). The biggest losers were North Dakota (–6.2), Illinois (–6.5), and Wyoming (–6.5).
South Dakota had the second-best migration rate (assuming you like folks moving here, which I know some of my neighbors don’t) in the seven-state region. Montana beat us; Minnesota was right behind us:
Over the last five years, net migration has picked up in Montana and Minnesota, tapered off in South Dakota, and plunged in North Dakota and Wyoming (think oil and coal prices). Nationwide, Americans are moving around at the lowest rate on record. 11.2% of Americans moved in the 12 months preceding July 1, 2016.