Why Choose Aberdeen

Centrally located, Aberdeen South Dakota, offers businesses access to extraordinary resources including a highly educated workforce, outstanding infrastructure and attractive financial incentives, all within a community your staff will enjoy calling home.

Pipeline of Qualified Workers

Aberdeen is the only South Dakota small-town community with two universities. Each year over 550 bachelor degree graduates from Northern State University (NSU) and Presentation College (PC) enter the workforce. Additionally, the nearby Lake Area Technical Institute sees over 740 technical graduates annually and Aberdeen’s high school graduation rate exceeds the state and national average at more than 92%. Businesses in our community benefit from a highly educated, dedicated workforce with a reputation of being hard workers.

Central, Midwest Location

Located in northeastern South Dakota, Aberdeen allows businesses to stay connected to suppliers and customers in other US regions and even internationally. We are a quick drive or flight to Minneapolis and just a few hours from the largest cities in the Dakotas, including Sioux Falls a US Port of Entry. Once known as the Hub City, Aberdeen offers access to one of the largest freight railroad networks in the country, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, instrumental for international product distribution. In Aberdeen, we enjoy a stress-fee lifestyle that other US regions do not and studies have proven, Midwesterners are as nice as the stereotypes suggest.

Financially Favorable Climate

South Dakota was recently ranked by Forbes as the best state for business costs. Aberdeen welcomes new businesses with a variety of local and state financial incentives. Assistance is available for business expansion and relocation for workforce development, capital investment, tax abatements, and other areas. Our team is well versed on available financial packages and will partner with you to ensure your business considers all funding opportunities. Aberdeen businesses additionally benefit from limited taxes and, as a result, more money in their coffers. Aberdonians pay no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no personal property tax, no business inventory tax and no inheritance or estate taxes. We’re one of few states that can tout such an ideal corporate tax climate.

Appealing Quality of Life

Aberdeen is the best place in South Dakota to raise a family. We enjoy an affordable cost of living, open spaces, a relaxed pace of life and amenities for all ages. In the warm months we spend time outside at Wylie Park and Storybook Land – a destination for families from all over the region. We enjoy the aquatic center, golf courses, parks, lake time and more than 25 miles of trails. In the colder months, we offer pheasant hunting that’s second to none. Any time of the year you may find us at one of the many museums in the area or attending the fairs and festivals that take place annually. The medium cost of a home is just over $150,000 and average commute is less than 15 minutes. Our community embraces new businesses and new members, and we’re confident you’ll embrace what Aberdeen has to offer.