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South Dakota State Profile

Where is South Dakota?

South Dakota is located in the north-central United States. It shares its borders with North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.


How did South Dakota get its name?

South Dakota is named after the Dakota Sioux and Lakota American Indian tribes. It was a part of Dakota Territory before it was split into two states, North and South Dakota.


What is the capital of South Dakota?

Pierre is the capital of South Dakota. It is the second least populous state capital, with an estimated population of 13,646. It covers an area of 13 square miles and is the county seat of Hughes County. Founded in 1880, it has been the state capital since it was granted statehood. It is home to the state capitol building.


How big is South Dakota?

South Dakota is the seventeenth largest state in the United States of America. It covers an area of 77,116 square miles and has an estimated population of 814,180. It is among the least populated state in America.


Which is the largest city of South Dakota?

Sioux Falls is the largest city of South Dakota. It covers an area of 68.9 square miles and has an estimated population of 153,888. Located in the eastern region of the state, it is the county seat of Minnehaha County.


What is the nickname of South Dakota?

The official nickname of South Dakota is "The Mount Rushmore State". It is home to the historic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which has sculptures of four American presidents carved into the mountainside. It attracts approximately two million people every year.


What is the official language of South Dakota?

English is the official language of the state.


What is the religion of South Dakota?

The largest denomination of people in South Dakota is Christianity. Eight percent of the population has no religious affiliations, while 3% of the population follows other religions.


Who is the political leader of South Dakota?

The federal government of South Dakota is divided into three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial. Dennis M. Daugaard, a Republican, is the current and the 32nd Governor of South Dakota. He assumed office on January 8, 2011. Matt Michels, a Republican, is the current Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota. He assumed office on January 8, 2011.


When did South Dakota achieve statehood?

The region of South Dakota was purchased from Napoleon Bonaparte in the Louisiana Treaty of 1803. It became a territory of the United States and was known as Dakota Territory. Because of the population growth in the region, it was split into two, North and South Dakota. It was admitted to the Union as the 40th state on November 2, 1889.


What are some of the famous places in South Dakota?

Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Crazy Horse Memorial, Missouri National Recreation River, Newton Hills State Park, Bear Butte, and Sica Hollow State Park are some of the famous places in South Dakota.


What is the economy of South Dakota like?

In 2010, the gross state product of South Dakota was US$ 39.8 billion, while its per capita personal income was $38,865. Service sector contributes significantly to the economy of the state. Other sectors contributing to the economy are agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Agricultural outputs of the state include cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hogs. It is ranked sixth in the country in the production of ethanol.



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