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State of South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota State seal of South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota Seal
Nickname(s): The Mount Rushmore State (official),
The Sunshine State
Motto(s): Under God the people rule
Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted
Official language English
Capital Pierre
Largest city Sioux Falls
Area Ranked 17th
 - Total 77,163 sq mi
(199,905 km2)
 - Width 210 miles (340 km)
 - Length 380 miles (610 km)
 - % water 1.6
 - Latitude 42°29'30"N to 45°56'N
 - Longitude 98°28'33"W to 104°3'W
Number of people Ranked 46th
 - Total 754,844
 - Density 9.9/sq mi  (3.84/km2)
Ranked 46th
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Harney Peak[1]
7,242 ft (2,209 m)
 - Average 2,200 ft  (670 m)
 - Lowest point Big Stone Lake[1]
966 ft (295 m)
Became part of the U.S. November 2, 1889 (40th)
Governor Mike Rounds (R)
U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D)
John Thune (R)
Time zones  
 - eastern half Central: UTC-6/-5
 - western half Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Abbreviations SD, US-SD

South Dakota is a state in the United States. South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. Its capital is Pierre and largest city is Sioux Falls. Other important cities are Rapid City and Aberdeen. Famous attractions include Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and the Wall Drug Store. The Corn Palace is also famous, and it is in Mitchell.

South Dakota is bordered to the north by North Dakota, to the south by Nebraska, to the east by Iowa and Minnesota, and to the west by Wyoming and Montana.

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