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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)
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.
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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
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
- 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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