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Dakota Dunes is a community in Union County, South Dakota, and a part of the Sioux City Area . Its prime location and relaxed environment have made it a desirable option for retirees who desire access to plenty of outdoor recreation and a tight-knit, small-town feel. 

Climate & Geography 

Dakota Dunes is located in the southeast corner of the state and between the Big Sioux River and the Missouri River. It's home to four distinct seasons with a wide variety of temperature fluctuations, such as freezing winters and hot, humid summers. 

The community is built on rolling hills, with large mountains to the west. There are several nature preserves and desert areas nearby as well. 

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment 

Dakota Dunes is known for its outdoor recreation because of its desert valleys and mountains. These are perfect opportunities for active adults looking to go hiking, sightseeing, and exploring new terrains. Golfers will enjoy the Two Rivers Golf Course and Dakota Dunes Golf Course. The community is also 10 minutes from Sioux City’s downtown, where residents can find a lot more amenities and attractions such as Sioux City Public Museum and Sergeant Floyd Monument.

Cost of Living & Taxes 

The overall cost of living in Dakota Dunes is about the same as the national average. 

South Dakota does not tax Social Security benefits and other forms of retirement income. The state ranks among the top 15 highest property tax rates in the U.S., however there are property tax relief programs in place for qualifying retirees. The combined sales tax rate in Dakota Dunes is 4.5 percent. 

Health Care 

South Dakota frequently ranks among the top 10 states in Gallup’s Well-Being Index. 

Dakota Dunes is home to the Siouxland Surgery Center which is rated high performing by U.S News. In Sioux City, residents will find two more highly rated hospitals and medical centers: UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Sioux City and MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center.

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