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Population
  2010 2012
Population 814,180 833,354
Median Age 36.9 36.9
Total 8 year-olds 10,710 11,386
Boys 5,480 5,813
Girls 5,230 5,573
Total 9 year-olds 10,798 10,956
Boys 5,646 5,626
Girls 5,152 5,330
Total 10 year-olds 11,006 10,672
Boys 5,693 5,435
Girls 5,313 5,237
Total 11 year-olds 10,828 10,775
Boys 5,651 5,603
Girls 5,177 5,172
Total 12 year-olds 10,543 11,069
Boys 5,306 5,713
Girls 5,237 5,356
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 78.2% 78.7%
Car Pool 10.0% 9.1%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.5%
Work at Home 5.2% 5.8%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 293 296
Amusement Parks 4 3
Fast-Food Restaurants 504 516
Toy Stores 35 27
Video/Disc Rental Stores 39 18
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 5 5
Candy & Nut Stores 9 6
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 20 21
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 0 0

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

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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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.