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South Dakota Almanac

The South Dakota Almanac presents a general overview of the State of South Dakota.

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The United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/, July 10, 2001.
South Dakota. So-Sz, Vol. 18. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. PAGE. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union November 2, 1889
Capital Pierre, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Mount Rushmore State, Coyote State, Sunshine State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Under God, the People Rule, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 77,121 square miles Rank among states 17th
Land area 75,898 square miles Rank among states 16th
Water area 1,224 square miles Rank among states 29th
Greatest distance East to West 318 miles
Greatest distance North to South 478 miles
Highest point 7,242 feet (Harney Peak) Rank among states 15th
Lowest point 966 feet (Big Stone Lake) Rank among states 45th
Mean elevation 2,200 feet Rank among states 13th
Highest recorded temperature 120 degrees on July 5th, 1936 at Gannvalley
Lowest recorded temperature -58 degrees on February 17, 1936 at McIntosh
Highest monthly average temperature 86.5 degrees Rank among states 31st
Lowest monthly average temperature 1.9 degrees Rank among states 4th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 18 inches Rank among states  
Population
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
754,844 Rank among states 46th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
9.95 Rank among states 46th
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Sioux Falls 123,975 6. Mitchell 14,558
2. Rapid City 59,607 7. Pierre 13,876
3. Aberdeen 24,658 8. Yankton 13,528
4. Watertown 20,237 9. Huron 11,893
5. Brookings 18,504 10. Vermillion 9,765
Median age 32.5
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 74.97 Rank among states 15th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 2,958.2 Rank among states 48th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 208.4 Rank among states 45th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 2,749.8 Rank among states 49th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$25,958 Rank among states 34th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$23,134 Rank among states 31st
Median household income (1993) $27,737 Rank among states 38th

Additional Information

Encyclopedia of South Dakota

Encyclopedia of South Dakota, by Nancy Capace. 362 pages. Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc. (March 16, 2007)

The Encyclopedia of South Dakota contains detailed information on South Dakota: Symbols and Designations, Geography, Archaeology, State History, Local History on individual cities, towns and counties, Chronology of Historic Events in the State, Profiles of Governors, Political Directory, State Constitution, Bibliography of books about the state and an Index.

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