South Dakota (SD)

Quick Facts

Capital City:  Pierre

Abbreviation:  SD

Population (2019): 844,877; Rank: 46 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   Midwest

Admission to Statehood: November 2, 1889 (40th State)

State Motto:  Under God the People Rule

State Nickname: Mount Rushmore State

Origin of State Name: Based on the Sioux Indian word dakhota meaning “friend”

Area Codes:  605

Zip Codes: South Dakota Zip Codes

 

 

 

 

 

State Symbols

 

 

Bird:  Ring-necked Pheasant | List of State Birds

Flag: The South Dakota flag features the state seal surrounded by a golden blazing sun in a field of sky blue. Letters reading “South Dakota, The Mount Rushmore State” — the official state nickname — are arranged in a circle around the sun. Get this Flag

Flower: Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla hirsutissima) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Houdek

Song:

Tree:   White Spruce (Picea glauca) | Other State Trees

Quarter:  South Dakota Quarter | List of State Quarters

Geography

 

 

Area:  

  • Area: 77,121 sq.mi (199,743 sq.km.), 17th
  • Land: 75,898 sq.mi. (196,575 sq.km.), 16th
  • Water: 1,224 sq.mi. (3,170 sq.km.), 29th

Largest Cities: Sioux Falls | Rapid City | Aberdeen | Brookings | Watertown | Mitchell | Yankton | Pierre | Huron | Vermillion

Border States:   Iowa | Minnesota | Montana | Nebraska | North Dakota | Wyoming | List of US Regions

Highest Point:  Harney Peak ; 7,242 feet, (2,207 m.), 15th tallest

Lowest Point:  South Dakota; 962 feet, 45th lowest

Geographic Center: Hughes, 8 miles northeast of Pierre

National Parks:  

dams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Angostura Recreation Area
Bear Butte State Park
Beaver Creek Nature Area
Big Sioux Recreation Area
Big Stone Island Nature Area
Burke Lake Recreation Area
Buryanek Recreation Area
Chief White Crane Recreation Area
Cow Creek Recreation Area
Custer State Park
Farm Island Recreation Area
Fisher Grove State Park
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
George S. Mickelson Trail
Good Earth State Park
Hartford Beach State Park
Indian Creek Recreation Area
LaFramboise Island Nature Area
Lake Alvin Recreation Area
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
Lake Herman State Park
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Lake Louise Recreation Area
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Little Moreau Recreation Area
Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area
Mina Lake Recreation Area
Newton Hills State Park
North Point Recreation Area
North Wheeler Recreation Area
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Oakwood Lakes State Park
Okobojo Point Recreation Area
Palisades State Park
Pease Creek Recreation Area
Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
Platte Creek Recreation Area
Randall Creek Recreation Area
Revheim Bay Recreation Area
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
Rocky Point Recreation Area
Roy Lake State Park
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Shadehill Recreation Area
Sheps Canyon Recreation Area
Sica Hollow State Park
Snake Creek Recreation Area
Spearfish Canyon Nature Area
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
Spring Creek Recreation Area
Springfield Recreation Area
Swan Creek Recreation Area
Union Grove State Park
Walkers Point Recreation Area
West Bend Recreation Area
West Pollock Recreation Area
West Whitlock Recreation Area

 

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State Government

Governor:  Kristi Noem (Republican Party)

Senators:  Mike Rounds (R)  John Thune (R)

Representatives:  Senate House

Constitution: South Dakota’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  Three Votes

 

Economy

Agriculture: Cattle, hogs, wheat, soybeans, milk, corn.
Industry: Food processing, machinery, lumber and wood products, tourism.

White Pages:  South Dakota White Pages

Education