South Dakota

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State of South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota State seal of South Dakota
Flag Seal
Nickname(s):
The Mount Rushmore State (official)
Motto(s): Under God the People Rule
State song(s): "Hail, South Dakota!"
Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted
Official languageEnglish[1]
DemonymSouth Dakotan
CapitalPierre
Largest citySioux Falls
Largest metroSioux Falls metropolitan area
AreaRanked 17th
 • Total77,116[2] sq mi
(199,729 km2)
 • Width210 miles (340 km)
 • Length380 miles (610 km)
 • % water1.7
 • Latitude42° 29′ N to 45° 56′ N
 • Longitude96° 26′ W to 104° 03′ W
PopulationRanked 46th
 • Total882,235 (2018 est.)[3]
 • Density11.44/sq mi  (4.42/km2)
Ranked 46th
 • Median household income$55,065[4] (29th)
Elevation
 • Highest pointBlack Elk Peak[5][6][7]
7,244 ft (2208 m)
 • Mean2,200 ft  (670 m)
 • Lowest pointBig Stone Lake on Minnesota border[6][7]
968 ft (295 m)
Before statehoodDakota Territory
Admission to UnionNovember 2, 1889 (39th or 40th)
GovernorKristi Noem (R)
Lieutenant GovernorLarry Rhoden (R)
LegislatureSouth Dakota Legislature
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsJohn Thune (R)
Mike Rounds (R)
U.S. House delegationDusty Johnson (R) (list)
Time zones 
 • eastern halfCentral: UTC -6/-5
 • western halfMountain: UTC -7/-6
ISO 3166US-SD
AbbreviationsSD, S.D., S.Dak.
Websitewww.sd.gov
South Dakota state symbols
Flag of South Dakota.svg
SouthDakota-StateSeal.svg
Living insignia
BirdRing-necked pheasant
FishWalleye
FlowerAmerican Pasque flower
GrassWestern wheat grass
InsectWestern honeybee
MammalCoyote
TreeBlack Hills Spruce
Inanimate insignia
BeverageMilk
DanceSquare dance
FossilTriceratops
GemstoneFairburn agate
RockRose quartz
SoilHoudek
OtherKuchen (state dessert)
State route marker
South Dakota state route marker
State quarter
South Dakota quarter dollar coin
Released in 2006
Lists of United States state symbols

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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References[change | change source]

  1. "South Dakota Codified Laws (1–27–20)". South Dakota State Legislature. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. "State Area Measurements (2010)". U.S. Census. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  3. "South Dakota: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. "Black Elk Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ds_mark.prl?PidBox=OT0810. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.

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