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Meet the United States: South Dakota – Wyoming

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In this five-part series, get to know the 50 states that make up the United States of America.

The United States is comprised of 50 states, broken up into four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Because the country is so large and widespread, there is a huge variance between the climates, culture, and cost of living in each region and state.

For Expats interested in moving to the United States, it’s important to understand the lifestyle that each state offers. Learning what each state has to offer is also a fun way to learn more about your new country. In this five-part series, we give you a quick overview of each state in the USA in alphabetical order.

Quick Facts about the 50 states: South Dakota – Wyoming

South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State 

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Capital: Pierre
Best known for: Home to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Region: Midwest
Average Home Price: $123,200
Average Temperature:
Fall: 36-61 F
Winter: 10-30 F
Spring: 46-70 F
Summer: 62-89 F
Weather:
Frequent and severe thunderstorms occur in the summer months
About 30 tornadoes hit a year

Tennessee: The Volunteer State

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Capital: Nashville
Best known for: Elvis Presley’s Graceland residence and tomb
Region: South
Average Home Price: $127,200
Average Temperature:
Fall: 49-72 F
Winter: 28-47 F
Spring: 57-78 F
Summer: 70-89 F
Weather:
December – April rain and snowfall in western regions are frequent
Tornadoes sometimes occur in the west and middle of the state

Texas: The Lone Star State

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Capital: Austin
Best known for: Home to the Lydon B. Johnson Space Center and Big Bend National Park
Region: South
Average Home Price: $136,700
Average Temperature:
Fall: 61-82 F
Winter: 42-62 F
Spring: 67-87 F
Summer: 74-96 F
Weather:
An average of 139 tornadoes occur per year
Snowfall, if any, occurs along the upper and middle coastline

Utah: The Beehive State

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Capital: Salt Lake City
Best known for: Hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics
Region: West
Average Home Price: $207,200
Average Temperature:
Fall: 41-65 F
Winter: 22-37 F
Spring: 48-72 F
Summer: 65-93 F
Weather:
Most of the lowlands receive less than 12 inches of precipitation anually

Vermont: The Green Mountain State

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Capital: Montpelier
Best known for: Winter recreational activities
Region: Northeast
Average Home Price: $221,500
Average Temperature:
Fall: 35-56 F
Winter: 7-26 F
Spring: 42-66 F
Summer: 56-79 F
Weather:
Annual snowfall is between 60 and 100 inches

Virginia: The Old Dominion State

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Capital: Richmond
Best known for: Home of the U.S. historical city Jamestown
Region: South
Average Home Price: $233,000
Average Temperature:
Fall: 48-71 F
Winter: 28-47 F
Spring: 55-78 F
Summer: 69-90 F
Weather:
Great amount of rainfall on the western slopes
Snowfall along the northern coasts are common

Washington: The Evergeen State

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Capital: Olympia
Best known for: Its largest city, Seattle
Region: West
Average Home Price: $262,700
Average Temperature:
Fall: 41-60 F
Winter: 34-46 F
Spring: 43-65 F
Summer: 51-77 F
Weather:
Known for prevailing winds in the fall and winter season

West Virginia: The Mountain State

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Capital: Charleston
Best known for: Recreational activities provided along its vast mountain regions
Region: South
Average Home Price: $94,800
Average Temperature:
Fall: 45-68 F
Winter: 26-43 F
Spring: 53-75 F
Summer: 66-85 F
Weather:
Receives 44 inches of rain per year 
Snowfall reaches approximetely 30 inches annually

Wisconsin: The Badger State

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Capital: Madison
Best known for: Being the nation’s leading dairy producer, known as America’s “Dairyland,”
Region: Midwest
Average Home Price: $154,000
Average Temperature:
Fall: 39-59 F
Winter: 11-26 F
Spring: 46-68 F
Summer: 61-82 F
Weather:
Large amount of snowfall during the winter months, averaging up to 40 inches a year  
May – August thunderstorms occur

Wyoming: The Equality or Cowboy State

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Capital: Cheyenne
Best known for: Where the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains meet
Region: West
Average Home Price: $235,000
Average Temperature:
Fall: 34-59 F
Winter: 18-40 F
Spring: 40-65 F
Summer: 56-83 F
Weather:
Thunderstorms are frequent during the spring and early summer months
Tornado activity is common in the southeast region of the state

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