833,354 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown
Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming
Gross Domestic Product (GDP):
$42,464 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including corn, cattle, hogs, soybeans, and wheat
Finance, machinery, food products, tourism, and mining
How South Dakota got its name:
The name Dakota comes from the Sioux Indian word for friend
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South Dakota State Symbols
Mount Rushmore State
Great Faces. Great Places.
Under God the people rule
Ring-necked Pheasant aka Common Pheasant
Black Hills Spruce
Kuchen, Fry Bread
Becoming a State
November 2, 1889
The Geography of South Dakota
75,885 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point:
Big Stone Lake at 966 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Roberts (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point:
Harney Peak at 7,242 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Pennington (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Located in Hughes County approx. 8 miles northeast of Pierre (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
66 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water:
Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lewis and Clark Lake, Missouri River, James River, Cheyenne River
- Sparky Anderson - Baseball manager
- Tom Brokaw - News anchor
- Sitting Bull - Lakota Sioux chief and holy man
- Crazy Horse - Native American war leader of the Lakota Sioux
- Hubert Humphrey - Vice President of the U.S.
- Billy Mills - Gold medal track and field athlete
- Cheryl Ladd - Actress from Charlie's Angels
- Norm Van Brocklin - Football player and coach
- Harney Peak is the highest US mountain east of the Rockies.
- The Crazy Horse Memorial being carved near Mt. Rushmore will be 641 feet wide and 563 feet high.
- The movie Dances With Wolves was filmed in South Dakota.
- The Homestake Mine is one of the deepest mines in the world at 8000 feet deep!
- Mount Rushmore has faces of four famous US presidents carved into it. They are Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.
- Each head on Mount Rushmore is 60 feet tall!
- North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted on the same day to avoid a feud between the states.
- The name Dakota is from the local Native Americans. It means 'friend' or 'ally'.
- South Dakota became the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
- Badlands National Park is located in South Dakota.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major professional sports teams in South Dakota.
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