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Nickname: Mt. Rushmore State / Coyote State
Motto: Under God the People Rule.
Statehood: November 2, 1889 (39th or 40th -- Admitted the same day as ND.)
Origin of State's Name: Dakota is a Sioux Indian word for "friend."
State Capital: Pierre
Largest Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings
Border States: Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming
Land Area: 75,898 sq. mi., 16th largest
Highest Point: Harney Peak, 7,242 feet
Population: 754,844
State Song: Hail, South Dakota
State Animal: Coyote
State Bird: Chinese ring-necked pheasant |
State Fish: Walleye
State Insect: Honey bee State
State Flower: Pasque
State Tree: Black Hills spruce
State Soil: Houdek
State Fossil: Triceratops
State Mineral: Rose quartz
State Gemstone: Fairburn agate
State Dessert: Kuchen
State Sport: Rodeo