South Dakota Facts

South Dakota Facts

South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes. See the fact file below for more information about South Dakota.

Capital
Pierre

Became a State
November 2, 1887 (40th)

Location
north-central United States

Area
77,116 sq. miles (17th)

Population
814,180 (46th)

Major Cities
Rapid City, Aberdeen , Sioux Falls, Brookings, Mitchell, Pierce

Products
cattle, corn, soybeans, hogs, wheat, meat packing, ethanol produces

Climate
continental climate with four distinct seasons ranging from very cold winters to hot summers

Yearly Precipitation
averages 17 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Cheyenne River, Missouri River, White River, James River

Most Famous Citizens
Tom Brokaw (TV newscaster)
Crazy Horse (Oglala chief)
Sitting Bull (Sioux chief)
Hubert Humphrey (United States Vice President)

State Symbols
Bird – Ring-Necked Pheasant
Flower – Pasque
Animal – Coyote
Tree – Black Hills Spruce
Insect – Honeybee