South Dakota

Last Updated: April 17, 2021


South Dakota state is located in the North Central U.S. in the Upper Midwest region. It became the 40th state admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889. Among 50 U.S. states, South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, 5th least populous and also the 5th least densely populated state.

South Dakota’s bordering states include North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska,  Wyoming and Montana. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls is South Dakota’s largest city encompassing Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, Huron etc some other largest cities.

South Dakota is generally divided into three regions: eastern South Dakota, western South Dakota and the Black Hills. In Western South Dakota, there are great plains, rolling hills and ravines. The Black Hills are the location of Back Elk Peak, the highest point in the United States. Moreover, The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills was established in 1925. The sculpture of four presidents of The United States was carved into the mountainside.

Grasses and crops cover most of the region.

There come the fourth different seasons in the state varying from cold, dry winters and semi-humid summers. One can do a lot of recreational activities while in the state. Recreation in South Dakota includes fishing and hunting, cycling, running, hiking and camping.

The largest economic contributor in South Dakota’s economy is the service industry which includes finance, retail and healthcare industries, Agricultural production and tourism.

Some of the best places one should probably visit in South Dakota are Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, Wind Cave National Park, Sylvan Lake etc.

Key Facts:

  • In 2020, the per capita personal income in South Dakota was 57,273 U.S. dollars.
  • In May 2020, the value of South Dakota’s imports amounted to about 84.1 million U.S. dollars. Its exports valued about 84 million U.S. dollars that month.
  • The real GDP of South Dakota as of 2019 was 46.81 billion U.S. dollars.
  • In 2019, the per capita real gross domestic product of South Dakota was 52,913.
  • In 2019, the average annual pay of employees in South Dakota totalled 45,150 U.S. dollars.