South Dakota

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State of South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota State seal of South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota Seal
Nickname(s): The Mount Rushmore State (official),
The Sunshine State
Motto(s): Under God the people rule
Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted
Official languageEnglish
CapitalPierre
Largest citySioux Falls
AreaRanked 17th
 • Total77,163 sq mi
(199,905 km2)
 • Width210 miles (340 km)
 • Length380 miles (610 km)
 • % water1.6
 • Latitude42°29'30"N to 45°56'N
 • Longitude98°28'33"W to 104°3'W
PopulationRanked 46th
 • Total754,844
 • Density9.9/sq mi  (3.84/km2)
Ranked 46th
Elevation
 • Highest pointHarney Peak[1]
7,242 ft (2,209 m)
 • Mean2,200 ft  (670 m)
 • Lowest pointBig Stone Lake[1]
966 ft (295 m)
Admission to UnionNovember 2, 1889 (40th)
GovernorDennis Daugaard (R)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature{{{Legislature}}}
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U.S. SenatorsMike Rounds (R)
John Thune (R)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zones 
 • eastern halfCentral: UTC-6/-5
 • western halfMountain: UTC-7/-6
ISO 3166US-SD
AbbreviationsSD
Websitewww.state.sd.us

South Dakota is a state in the United States. South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. Its capital is Pierre and largest city is Sioux Falls. Other important cities are Rapid City and Aberdeen. Famous attractions include Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and the Wall Drug Store. The Corn Palace is also famous, and it is in Mitchell.

South Dakota is bordered to the north by North Dakota, to the south by Nebraska, to the east by Iowa and Minnesota, and to the west by Wyoming and Montana.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-7. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |year= (help)

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