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South Dakota

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Location of South Dakota State


Capital: Pierre

Population: 833,354 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown

Borders: Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $42,464 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
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 or ally.

Atlas of South Dakota State
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South Dakota State Symbols

State Nickname: Mount Rushmore State

State Slogan: Great Faces. Great Places.

State Motto: Under God the people rule

State flower: Pasque flower

State bird: Ring-necked Pheasant aka Common Pheasant

State fish: Walleye

State tree: Black Hills Spruce

State mammal: Coyote

State foods: Kuchen, Fry Bread

Becoming a State

Date admitted: November 2, 1889

Number admitted: 40

Prior Name: Dakota Territory

Postal Abbreviation: SD

South Dakota State Map


The Geography of South Dakota

Total Size: 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)

Central Point: Located in Hughes County approx. 8 miles northeast of Pierre (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 66 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lewis and Clark Lake, Missouri River, James River, Cheyenne River

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Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in South Dakota.

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