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