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Population
  2010 2019
Population 814,180 884,659
Rank 47 47
Median Age 36.9 37.4
   
Total 8 year-olds 10,710 12,127
Boys 5,480 6,224
Girls 5,230 5,903
Total 9 year-olds 10,798 12,108
Boys 5,646 6,295
Girls 5,152 5,813
Total 10 year-olds 11,006 12,088
Boys 5,693 6,196
Girls 5,313 5,892
Total 11 year-olds 10,828 12,369
Boys 5,651 6,360
Girls 5,177 6,009
Total 12 year-olds 10,543 12,366
Boys 5,306 6,355
Girls 5,237 6,011
Total 13 year-olds 10,767 12,016
Boys 5,545 6,113
Girls 5,222 5,903
Total 14 year-olds 10,816 11,893
Boys 5,483 6,113
Girls 5,333 5,780
 
How People Get to Work: 2010 2019
Drive Alone 78.2% 79.8%
Car Pool 10.0% 9.0%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.4%
Work at Home 5.2% 6.1%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2019
Homes with a Computer 91.5%

Geography
  2010
Capital Pierre
Largest City Sioux Falls
Second Largest City Rapid City
Persons Per Square Mile 10.7

Business
  2010 2018
Dentist Offices 293 319
Amusement Parks 4 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 504 565
Toy Stores 35 36
Video/Disc Rental Stores 39 4
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 5 5
Candy & Nut Stores 9 10
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 20 21
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers NA NA

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 there is no data for that time period, due to there being less than three establishments. 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
  • Population 2010: 814,180

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

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, Population Estimates, County Business Patterns, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

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

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