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The population of South Dakota is about 750,000. The state covers 77,123 square miles: it stretches 380 miles from east to west and 245 miles north to south. South Dakota is the 16th largest state in the U.S. Gaining statehood in 1889, it was the 40th state in the union.
Capital: Pierre (pronounced “peer”)
Motto: Under God, the People Rule
Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State of South Dakota
State Bird: Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant
State Dessert: Kuchen (a German dessert with a crust and fruit or custard filling)
State Flower: Pasque
State Animal: Coyote
State Fish: Walleye
State Tree: Black Hills Spruce
State Sport: Rodeo