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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 3.0    Calmness: 3.0    Helpfulness: 1.0   
Intellectualness: 1.0    Neatness: 2.0    Outgoingness: 2.0   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 2.56    Calmness: 2.25    Helpfulness: 3.08   
Intellectualness: 3.54    Neatness: 3.23    Outgoingness: 3.71   


Name: Daniel H | Age: 24 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 57301 | Resident for: 2 years | Added on: 2013-02-16
Artisticness: 3   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 1   Intelligence: 1   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 2   
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I have lived in Mitchell for 2 years and have grown to like it less and less.

The worst thing about Mitchell is the people who live there. They are (mostly) rude, snobbish jerks and not the polite helpful stereotypical small town people you would expect. People will cut you in line at Walmart anytime there is a line. One woman called the police because I parked on the street and it was "her spot". People will routinely run stop signs when it is your turn to go and just wave at you as they do so. People will judge you for the way you dress, the music you listen to, your race and your age. The waitstaff at restaurants is also rude, I usually won't leave a tip except at the Chinese restaurants (and what do you know... the waiters aren't from Mitchell).

There are no places to hang out besides the Corn Palace and Walmart. The best part about Mitchell is that you can avoid all of the rude people by staying home - there is nothing to do anyway.

Housing is a ripoff for anything that isn't a dump. Property taxes are sky high, much higher than the surrounding cities.

Mitchell is safe, unless you count the terrible drivers. One driver rammed into me on a divided highway and drove me off the road at 90 mph. When they aren't driving recklessly, they are pulling out in front of you and driving under the speed limit.

How is the weather?
The weather is the worst it could possibly be. Summers are hot and humid with thunderstorms, many generating large hailstones. Every few years, many roofs and cars are destroyed by the hailstorms. The winter is equally bad, snow stays on the ground from November - March. The city drainage is poor, resulting in large puddles that freeze, so there are sheets of ice on many of the streets all winter. The plowing service is horrendous and they will skip plowing in December because of budget shortfalls.

Additional thoughts?
Mitchell is a horrible place to live. It seems quaint and nice at first, but the city will consume your soul and cause you to turn into one of them if you can't get out fast enough. Also, much of the city is dirty and rundown. Some of the buildings downtown are falling apart such that pieces of their stonework fall onto the sidewalk below.

Not all of South Dakota is like this, and people in the Black Hills are much more polite, even bikers. The weather is also better there. My wife is from a small town in Michigan and agrees that people in Mitchell are some of the rudest and the lousiest drivers she has experienced.

I suggest driving straight through and not stopping.