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General Facts

For South Dakota

South Dakota real estate - homes for sale
 
Medium Household Income: $ 32,429
Income (w/ Children): $ 46,838
Population: 738,171
Land Area: 75,896 Square Miles
Population Density: 10 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Mount Rushmore State
Capital: Pierre
Date of Statehood: November 2, 1889
State Bird: Ring-Necked Pheasant
State Flower: Pasqueflower
State Tree: Black Hills Spruce

  

South Dakota is located in the north-central United States. South Dakota is generally regarded as partly but not wholly in the Midwest. The east, with its flat or rolling lands and fertile soils, resembles portions of other states in the Midwest. However, the western section lies on the Great Plains. The state is mainly an agricultural region. Farmland covers much of the fertile areas east of the Missouri River, which divides the state, and vast stretches of rangeland extend westward from its banks. Manufacturing and commercial activities are based in large part on the output of agricultural produce.

However, in the mid-1990s tourism, gambling, and other services were of increasing importance to the state; visitors are attracted by natural features such as the Black Hills and Badlands. Pierre is South Dakota’s capital. Sioux Falls is the largest city.

The name Dakota is derived from a Sioux term meaning friends or allies. It was first applied to a United States territory in 1861. When South Dakota entered the Union on November 2, 1889, as the 40th state, its people chose to keep the name. South Dakota is called the Coyote State, after South Dakota’s state animal.

South Dakota ranks 17th in size among the states. It covers 77,121 square miles, including 1,225 square miles of inland water. The state’s extreme dimensions are about 245 miles from north to south and about 380 miles from east to west. The mean elevation is about 2,200 feet.

he state as a whole has hot summers and cold winters. The Black Hills are generally cooler and wetter than the surrounding plains area.

Average January temperatures are everywhere less than 24° and decrease to less than 10° in some northern sections. The January temperatures in Sioux Falls range from 3° to 24°.  Nighttime lows of -20° occur during most winters. July averages are in the low and middle 70°s throughout most of the state, and are somewhat lower in the Black Hills. The average temperature range in Sioux Falls in July is 62° to 86°.

Average annual precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) increases from roughly west to east, ranging from about 13 inches in the northwest to about about 25 inches in the southeast. The Black Hills receive an average of between 14 inches and 24 inches of precipitation a year. However, precipitation varies considerably from year to year, and prolonged droughts can occur, especially in the western and central areas. Fortunately, three-fourths of all precipitation falls as rain during the crop-growing season.