Date admitted to the US – November 2, 1889
Postal abbreviation – SD
Capital – Pierre
Area – 77,116.49 [17th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 814,180 [46th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 10.7 [47th largest in the US]
Area codes – 605
Zip codes – 57001 - 57799
Number of counties – 64
State nickname – Mount Rushmore State
State motto – "Under God the people rule"
|State Flag of South Dakota|
-Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. It took 14 years and cost $1 million.
-The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore.
-South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes, which together are the Sioux Nation.
-Harney Peak, at 7242 above sea level, is the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies.
-University of South Dakota School of Law