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Population
  2010 2011
Population 814,180 824,082
State Rank 46 46
Median Age 36.9 36.9
Total 8 year-olds 10,710 10,947
Boys 5,480 5,601
Girls 5,230 5,346
Total 9 year-olds 10,798 10,612
Boys 5,646 5,420
Girls 5,152 5,192
Total 10 year-olds 11,006 10,803
Boys 5,693 5,624
Girls 5,313 5,179
Total 11 year-olds 10,828 11,053
Boys 5,651 5,711
Girls 5,177 5,342
Total 12 year-olds 10,543 10,864
Boys 5,306 5,699
Girls 5,237 5,165
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 78.2% 78.0%
Car Pool 10.0% 10.0%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.7%
Work at Home 5.2% 5.5%

Geography
Capital Pierre
Largest City Sioux Falls
Second Largest City Rapid City
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 10.7

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 264 293
Amusement Parks 6 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 570 659
Toy Stores 37 35
Video/Disc Rental Stores 60 39
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 2 5
Candy & Nut Stores 6 9
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 29 20
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 1 0

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: November 2, 1889
  • Population 1900: 401,570
  • Population 1950: 652,740
  • Population 2000: 754,844

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Mount Rushmore State
  • Flower: American Pasqueflower
  • Tree: Black Hills Spruce
  • Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Sport: Rodeo
  • Fossil: Triceratops
  • Bread: Fry Bread

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.