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State Facts

Full Name

State of South Dakota

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

November 2, 1889 (40th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

754,844 (46th)

Land Area (Rank)

75,885 square miles; 196,540 square kilometers (16th)

Capital

Pierre

Postal Abbreviation

SD

State Nicknames

  • Mount Rushmore State,
  • Coyote State

Motto

Under God the people rule

Song

“Hail! South Dakota” (music and words by DeeCort Hammitt)

State Symbols

  • Flower: American pasqueflower
  • Tree: Black Hills spruce
  • Bird: Chinese ring-necked pheasant
  • Gem: Fairburn agate
  • Stone: Rose quartz
  • Animal: Coyote
  • Musical Instrument: Fiddle
  • Dessert: Kuchen

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Cattle,
    • hogs,
    • wheat,
    • soybeans,
    • milk,
    • corn
  • Industry:
    • Food processing,
    • machinery,
    • lumber and wood products,
    • tourism