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  • some general data of the state

  • General useful information
    Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
    State and population
    capital: Pierre // state code ISO: SD ; FIPS: US46
    surface: 196570 = 75900 sq.mi // rank in USA: 16 // location: West North Central
    climate: chracterized by extremes of temperature, persistent winds, low precipitation and humidity
    entered USA as 40th state on: 1889-11-02
    administrative division: 66 counties
    total population according to the census of 2000: 754,844
    population density 2000: 4 per = 10 per sq.mi // net growth 1999-2000: 8,5%
    main ethnic groups: white 88,7%; black 0,6%; Asian 0,6%; Native American/Nat. AK 8,3%; other <2%
    Economy and infrastructure
    chief crops: corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, sunflowers, sorghum
    livestock (million): cattle: 4,1 / pigs: 1,4 / poultry: 2,5 (excl. broilers) / sheep: 0,42
    timber/lumber: ponderosa pine
    chief industries: agriculture, services, manufacturing
    chief industrial products: food & kindred products, machinery, electric & electronic equipment
    chief mining products: gold, portland cement, sand & gravel, crushed & dimension stone
    Some physical landmarks
    highest point in the state: Harney Pk 2207 m = 7242 ft
    other mountains: Bear Mts. 2184, Croks Tower 2175, Custer Pk 2074
    lowest point in the state: ca 335 m in the SE corner near Elk Point
    lakes: Waubay Lake, Lake Thompson, Lake Poinsett
    artificial lakes: L. Oahe, L. Francis Case, Lewis and Clark L., Big Stone L., Shadehill Res., Angostura Res.
    rivers: Missouri, James, White, Cheyenne, Moreau, Grand, Big Sioux
    others: islands: none // deserts: none
    Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
    other important features:
    nick name(s): Coyote State, Mount Rushmore State
    motto: Under God, the people rule
    song: Hail, South Dakota
    flower: Pasqueflower // bird: Chinese ring-necked pheasant // tree: Black Hills spruce
    primary sources:
    World almanac and book of facts; National Geographic Atlas of the World; maps: WN world @tlas

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    File created on 2003.03.05 by Jan Lahmeyer
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