South Dakota Facts, Stats and Information

South Dakota Facts

  • U.S. State Name: South Dakota
  • U.S. State Abbreviation: SD
  • U.S. Region: Midwestern United States
  • Admission to the Union: November 2nd, 1889
  • Total Area: 77,115 sq. mi.
  • Total Population: 886,667 (2020 USCB)
  • Capital City: Pierre, SD
  • Largest City: Sioux Falls, SD

33 South Dakota Facts

  1. South Dakota is one of the 50 states of the United States of America.
  2. South Dakota was the 40th state to join the United States on November 2, 1889.
  3. South Dakota is in the midwestern region of the United States.
  4. South Dakota is the 17th largest U.S. state, covering a total of 77,115.68 square miles or 2.03% of the total area of the United States.
  5. South Dakota's 77,115.68 square miles is 98.31% land and 1.69% surface water.
  6. South Dakota is ranked 17th with the most land area in the United States, with 75,811.00 square miles of land area.
  7. South Dakota is ranked 29th with the most water area in the United States, with 1,304.68 square miles of water area.
  8. South Dakota is the 46th most populated U.S. state with a population of 886,667 or 0.27% of the total population of the United States.
  9. The state capital of South Dakota is the city of Pierre.
  10. South Dakota is divided into 66 counties statewide.
  11. Minnehaha County is the most populated county in South Dakota
  12. The most populated city in South Dakota is Sioux Falls with an estimated 181,883 residents.
  13. The five most populated city in South Dakota are Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings and Watertown.
  14. A native or resident South Dakota is called a South Dakotan.
  15. South Dakota's average elevation statewide is 2,200 feet.
  16. South Dakota's highest elevation point is Sassafras Mountain at 3,560 feet.
  17. South Dakota's lowest elevation point is the Big Stone Lake at 966 feet.
  18. South Dakota is in both Central Time Zone (CT) and Mountain Time Zone (MT).
  19. The two letter abbreviation for South Dakota is SD.
  20. The ISO 3166 code for South Dakota is US-SD.
  21. South Dakota is called the Mount Rushmore State.
  22. The estimated median household income in South Dakota is $59,533.
  23. South Dakota is the 28th most expensive U.S. state to buy a home with an estimated median home price of $205,567.
  24. South Dakota is ranked 22nd on the cost of living index out of all 50 U.S. states.
  25. South Dakota has the 39th oldest population in the United States with a median age of 37.6.
  26. South Dakota's average temperature is 45.54°F making it the 41st warmest state in the United States.
  27. South Dakota on average has 22.02 inches of precipitation per year, making it the 41st wettest U.S. state.
  28. The hottest temperature ever recorded in South Dakota was 120 °F on Saturday, July 15, 2006, in Fort Pierre, SD.
  29. The coldest temperature ever recorded in South Dakota was -58 °F on Monday, February 17, 1936, in McIntosh, SD.
  30. South Dakota's official state motto is "Under God the people rule" .
  31. South Dakota's official state bird is the Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus).
  32. South Dakota's official state tree is the Black Hills Spruce (Phasianus colchicus).
  33. South Dakota's official state flower is the Pasque flower (Pulsatilla hirsutissima).

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South Dakota on a Map of the United States of America

The state of South Dakota and its regional area on a Map of the United States of America.

The Official State Flag of South Dakota

The official state flag of South Dakota waving in the wind on a flag pole.

The Official State Seal of South Dakota

The official state seal of South Dakota that is used by the state's government.

Pierre the state capital of South Dakota

Pierre the capital city of South Dakota.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States of America.

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Mount Rushmore National Monument


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