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South Dakota

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    South Dakota


A Great Plains state, South Dakota was named for the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians, and is known as the Coyote State. Admitted simultaneously with North Dakota after the Dakota Territory was divided along the 46th parallel, South Dakota is mainly a rural state. Today, just less than 10 percent of its population is American Indian. South Dakota is known for two monumental sculptures carved into the Black Hills--Mount Rushmore, which honors presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, and the Crazy Horse Monument, still under construction, which honors the Oglala Sioux war chief. The state flower is the pasqueflower, also called the May Day flower; its blooming is one of the first signs of spring in South Dakota.

   Miscellaneous    South Dakota


State Flower: American pasqueflower

State Motto: Under God the people rule

State Nickname: Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State

State Bird: Ring-necked pheasant

   Geography    South Dakota


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 75,885

Length: 380 miles

Width: 210 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Sioux Falls, 153,888
  2. Rapid City, 67,956
  3. Aberdeen, 26,091
  4. Brookings, 22,056
  5. Watertown, 21,482
  6. Mitchell, 15,254
  7. Yankton, 14,454
  8. Pierre, 13,646
  9. Huron, 12,592
  10. Vermillion, 10,571

Geographic Center: 8 miles northeast of Pierre

Geographic Center County: Hughes

Highest Point: 7,242 ft. — Harney Peak

Lowest Point: 966 ft. — Big Stone Lake

Number of counties: 66 (64 county governments)

State forests: None

State parks: 13 plus 39 recreational areas (87,269 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 10.7

   People    South Dakota

Population, 2010: 814,180
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 7.90%
Population, 2000: 75483500.00%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 7.30%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 24.60%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 14.50%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.00%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 85.90%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 8.80%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.90%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.00%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.10%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 2.70%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 84.70%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.20%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 2.20%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 6.40%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 1
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 0
Veterans, 2005-2009: 71,811
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 16

Housing units, 2009: 36556300.00%
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 68.60%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 18.60%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: 115,400

Households, 2005-2009: $314,674
Persons per household, 2005-2009: $2
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $23,445
Median household income, 2009: $45,048
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 0


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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