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South Dakota OutlineState Name: South Dakota
State Nickname: The Coyote State
also known as:
  • Mount Rushmore State
  • The Sunshine State
  • The Artesian State
  • The Blizzard State
State Capital: Pierre
State Governor: Dennis Daugaard
State Abbreviation: S.D.
2 letter Postal Code: SD
Area: 77,047 square miles
Date Entered the Union: Nov. 2, 1889
State #: 40
Borders: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Missouri River
South Dakota flagFlag Meaning: The flag has the state seal inside rays of the sun on a field of blue sky. The smelter in the background of hills represents the mining industry. The man with the plow represents farming. The cattle stand for dairying and the steamboat for transportation. The official The flag was adopted in 1909 with a nickname of "The Sunshine State." In 1992, the nickname was changed to "The Mount Rushmore State."
Number of U.S. Representatives: 1
State Motto: Under God the people rule
State Flower: American pasqueflower
State Bird: ring-necked pheasant
State Song: "Hail! South Dakota"
State Tree: black hills spruce
State Mammal: coyote
State Fish: walleye
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aderdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre, Yankton, Huron, Vermillion
Famous Residents:
- Tom Brokaw, TV newscaster
- Mary Hart, TV host
- Hubert H. Humphrey, vice president
- Cheryl Ladd, actress
Attractions: Homestake Mine, Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Black Hills National Forest, Geographic Center of the US, Reservations, Bear Butte, Corn Palace, Crazy Horse Memorial, Fort Wadsworth
Agriculture: alfalfa seed and grass seeds, beef cattle, corn, flaxseed, hay, hogs, oats, rye, sheep, spring wheat
Natural Resources: bentonite, gold, sand, gravel, stone

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