Pierre, South Dakota

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Pierre, South Dakota
City
South Dakota State Capitol
Coordinates: 44°22′5″N 100°20′11″W / 44.36806°N 100.33639°W / 44.36806; -100.33639Coordinates: 44°22′5″N 100°20′11″W / 44.36806°N 100.33639°W / 44.36806; -100.33639
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Hughes County
Founded 1880
Government
 • Mayor Laurie Gill
Area
 • Total 13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
 • Land 13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
Elevation 1,453 ft (442 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 13,876
 • Density 1,066/sq mi (411.5/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)

Pierre (pronounced "peer") is the capital city of South Dakota, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 13,646.[1] Pierre is the county seat of Hughes County. Started in 1880 on the Missouri River across from Fort Pierre, Pierre has been the state capital since 1889.

Pierre lies on rough river bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. It is a few miles away from Lake Oahe, one of the largest man made lakes in the world and a very popular fishing destination.

Transportation[change | change source]

Inside the Capitol
Dome of the Capitol

Two airlines serving Pierre Regional Airport provide non-stop flights to Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The nearest interstate highway is Interstate 90, which is about 34 miles south of Pierre via U.S. Highway 83. Pierre is one of only four state capitals not served by an interstate highway.[Note 1]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The other state capitals without Interstate highways are Dover, Delaware; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Juneau, Alaska.


References[change | change source]

  1. "Pierre (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/46/4649600.html. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

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