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Offical Name State of South Dakota
Nicknames Coyote State, The Sunshine State, The Mount Rushmore State
Abbreviations SD, US-NS
Origin of Name After Dakota Indian tribe

Official Language English
Admission to Union 2 November 1889
Time Zones Mountain, Central
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Capital Pierre
Largest City Sioux Falls
Population 754,844 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: livestock, corn, oats, wheat, sunflowers, sorghum, flaxseed, barley

Industry: electronics manufacturing, meatpacking and food-processing, gold-mining, tourism

Area 77,16 square miles (199,905 km2)
Major Rivers James River, Missouri River, White River, Cheyenne River
Major Lakes Lake Francis Case, Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Oahe
Highest Point Harney Peak - 7,242 feet (2,209 meters)
Bordering States Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag South Dakota Flag
Motto Under God the people rule
Song Hail South Dakota
Slogan Great Faces, Great Places
Hall of Fame The South Dakota Hall of Fame
Fishing Museum The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry
Animal Coyote
Bird Ring-necked Pheasant
Insect Honeybee
Fish Walleye
Fossil Triceratops
Floral Emblem American Pasque Flowers
Tree Black Hills Spruce
Grass Western Wheatgrass
Drink Milk
Dessert Kuchen
Bread Native American Fry Bread
Gemstone Fairburn Agate
Jewelry Black Hills Gold
Mineral Stone Rose Quartz
Soil Houdek Soil
Musical Instrument Fiddle
Sport Rodeo

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