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South Dakota

  •   State: 
    South Dakota
    42°29′ N to 45°56′ N | 96°26′ W to 104°03′ W
      Area total: 
    77,116 sq mi (199,729 km²) [49,354,284.800 acres]
      Area land: 
    75,811 sq mi (196,350 km²) [48,518,397.440 acres]
      Area water: 
    1.7% = 1,305 sq mi (3,379 km²) [835,887.360 acres]
    7,244 ft (2,208 m) Black Elk Peak
    November 2, 1889 (40nd State in the Union)
      Capital seat: 


  • South Dakota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    11.50/sq mi (4.44/km²) - residents per square mile of area.
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
    $67,571 (2022) nominal GDP at current prices 2022 (millions of U.S. dollars). This is equivalent to 0.27% of the U.S. national real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2022, or 0.26% from 2021.  11.7% change in GDP from 2022 to 2021 =  5,886. Real GDP growth rate (2021–2022) =  4.9%. Nominal GDP per capita 2022 = $74,268 respectively per capita 2023 = $77,033.
      Housing units: 
    408,306 units, July 1, 2022 estimate = a 3.8% increase compared to 2020, specifically 14,935 more housing units.

South Dakota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who compose a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota (to the north), Minnesota (to the east), Iowa (to the southeast), Nebraska (to the south), Wyoming (to the west), and Montana (to the northwest). The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as "East River" and "West River". Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and the area's fertile soil is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. Most of the Native American reservations are in West River. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains sacred to the Sioux, are in the southwest part of the state. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is there. South Dakota has a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west.

As shown in the given South Dakota location map that South Dakota is located in the Mid-western region of the United States. South Dakota map also shows that it shares its border with North Dakota in the north, Montana in the north-west, Wyoming in the west, Nebraska in the south, Iowa in the south-east, and Minnesota in the east. Interestingly, the name South Dakota is derived from the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian Tribes.

Sioux Falls is the largest and capital city of South Dakota. Geographically, Missouri River divides the state into two halves i.e. east and west. These two parts is not only geographically but these are also socially distinct from each other. The residents known as “East River,” it homes most of the state’s population as well as the available fertile soil facilitates people to cultivate verities of crops; and the second part is “West River,” it is sparsely populated region and the main occupation in this region is ranching and other agriculture activities.

Besides, this part also generates revenue from the tourism industries. The most significant tourist point in the state is Mount Rushmore; some other points of interests are Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and historic Deadwood. Black Hills located in this region is quite significant for religious purpose.

Climb aboard the 1880 Train for a ride back in time! During the two-hour trek, you'll learn about the history of the Black Hills and its famous monuments - including the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore.

The US State South Dakota occupies 196,349 m², about 2,15 % of the total territory of the USA of 9,148,020 m². The total population of the US State South Dakota with 869,666 inhabitants (in 2017) has already increased by 15,21 % in this millennium. Almost 40 years ago there were 178,898 fewer people. The capital Pierre alone has 14,004 inhabitants.

Pierre became the permanent capital of South Dakota in 1890. Sioux Falls has just over 174,360 residents.

The state's ecology features species typical of a North American grassland biome. Humans have inhabited the area for several millennia, with the Sioux becoming dominant by the early 19th century. In the late 19th century, European-American settlement intensified after a gold rush in the Black Hills and the construction of railroads from the east. The culture, economy, and geography of western South Dakota have more in common with the West than the Midwest. South Dakota has a total area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km²), making the state the 17th largest in the Union. The Missouri River is the largest and longest river in the state. Other major South Dakota rivers include the Cheyenne, James, Big Sioux, and White Rivers. Eastern South Dakota has many natural lakes, mostly created by periods of glaciation. Additionally, dams on the Missouri River create four large reservoirs: Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lake Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark Lake. South Dakota has a continental climate with four distinct seasons, ranging from cold, dry winters to hot and semi-humid summers. During the summers, the state's average high temperature is often close to 90 °F (32 °C), although it cools to near 60 °F (16 °C) at night. It is not unusual for South Dakota to have severe hot, dry spells in the summer with the temperature climbing above 100 °F (38 °C) several times a year.

South Dakota is known under different nicknames; aka Artesian State, or Blizzard State, or Coyote State, or Land of Infinite Variety, or The Mount Rushmore State, or Sunshine State and detailed official information about South Dakota can be found on the homepage at

Poverty and median household income estimates for 2021 in South Dakota, SD about 103,337 individuals poverty estimate - all ages, it's 11.9% estimated percent of the total resident population of all ages in poverty: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program Release date: December 2022. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Estimated SNAP benefits recipients in South Dakota are about 76,015 individuals, for July of the reference year 2020. With a estimate of median household income = $66,843 by each individual family, with a 90% confidence interval lower bound of estimate of median household income = $64,779, with a 90% confidence interval upper bound of estimate of median household income = $68,907 in 2021.

The Air Quality index is in South Dakota = 96. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 41. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 97. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in South Dakota = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.

The annual rainfall in South Dakota = 20.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 35.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 76. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 213. 86.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

The most recent state population of 909,824 individuals with a median age of 36.9 age the population grows by 6.93% in South Dakota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 11.50/sq mi (4.44/km²) - residents per square mile of area.. There are average 2.52 people per household in the 314,151 households with an average household income of $56,521 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 4.50% of the available work force and has dropped -1.87% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.76%. The number of physicians in South Dakota per 100,000 population = 198.9.

The percentage of housing units in South Dakota which are owned by the occupant = 59.86%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $103,950 and home appreciation of 0.81%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.76 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.

The local school district spends $5,108 per student. There are 11.4 students for each teacher in the school, 679 students for each Librarian and 502 students for each Counselor. 7.28% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 16.04% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.20% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • South Dakota's population of 11,776 residents in 1870 has increased 2,21-fold to 886,667 residents after 150 years, according to the official 2020 census. U.S. Bureau of the Census beginning in 1900. Data for 1870-1890 are on a de facto or unspecified basis; data for 1900 and later years are resident totals.

    Approximately 50.12% female residents and 49.88% male residents live in South Dakota, USA.

    As of 2020, 58.65% in South Dakota are married and the remaining 41.35% are single population.

  • 18.5 minutes is the average time that residents in South Dakota require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.99% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.29% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.46% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 6.17% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in South Dakota, 59.86% are owner-occupied homes, another 12.47% are rented apartments, and the remaining 27.67% are vacant.

  • 64.10% of the population in South Dakota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

    Since the 1860s, the two main parties have been the Republican Party (here in 2022 = 53.160%) and the Democratic Party (here in 2022 = 44.750%) of those eligible to vote in South Dakota.

Skyline of South Dakota

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