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Newcomers Survey

Updated January 09, 2024
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Kara Harders

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist

SDSU Extension has launched a newcomer survey to gain a better understanding of the reason that people are moving to South Dakota and will use the results to develop programming efforts to help communities welcome and retain newcomers. 

By understanding the reason people choose to move to South Dakota, we can better inform communities of their current strengths, what improvements will be the most impactful, what can be done to help retain people in their communities, and how to create a community that people want to live in. 

This survey should take about 15-30 minutes to complete and includes questions about moving into a residence in South Dakota within the past five years, reasons for the move, how satisfied people are with their communities, the ways people get involved in their communities, and some basic information about who lives in households. Participating in this survey is voluntary and you do not have to answer all of the questions included in the survey if you do not want to. The survey does not ask for personal identifying information in order to protect the confidentiality of your responses. The survey should be filled out by one member of a household aged 18 years or older.

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Please contact Kara Harders, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist, with any questions you have about this survey and project.