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.
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Became a State
November 2, 1887 (40th)

north-central United States

77,116 sq. miles (17th)

814,180 (46th)

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

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

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