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South Dakota Facts, Statistics, and State Symbols

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South Dakota

"Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State"

Motto
Under God the people rule
Capitol
Pierre
Name Origin
From the Sioux tribe, meaning “allies”
Statehood Date
Nov. 2, 1889 (40th)
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Official Symbols

A state's official symbols represent the composition and culture of the land and people who live and have lived here. Below are the symbols of South Dakota along with the year they became official.

Flower American Pasqueflower (1903)
Grass Western Wheat Grass (1970)
Soil Houdek (1990)
Tree Black Hills Spruce (1947)
Bird Ring-Necked Pheasant (1943)
Insect Honeybee (1978)
Animal Coyote (1949)
Mineral Stone Rose Quartz (1966)
Gemstone Fairburn Agate (1966)
Colors Blue And Gold (In State Flag)
Song “Hail! South Dakota” (1943)
Fish Walleye (1982)
Musical Instrument Fiddle (1989)
Dessert Kuchen (2000)
Demographics
Population Density
9.9 people per square mile
Geography and Weather
Land Area
75,885 sq mi. (196,542 sq km)
Lowest Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Average Elevation
2200 ft (670.56 m)
Highest Temperature Recorded
120°F (49°C) on July 5, 1936
Lowest Temperature Recorded
–58°F (–50°C) on February 17, 1936

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