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 State: South Dakota
Population and (rank):
   696,004 (1990)(47)
   754,844 (2000 est.)
Land Area and (rank):
   75,898 square miles
   (196,575 sq km) (16)

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"The Mount Rushmore State"
Motto: "Under God the people rule"
Union Member Since November 02, 1889 (40)

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Population Estimates
  United States  South Dakota   
July 1, 2006  299,398,484  781,919   
July 1, 2005  296,507,061  774,883   
July 1, 2004  293,638,158  770,188   
July 1, 2003  290,796,023  763,913   
July 1, 2002  288,125,973  760,291   
July 1, 2001  285,226,284  758,106   
July 1, 2000  282,216,952  755,793   
April 1, 2000  281,424,602  754,844  Estimates Base 
April 1, 2000  281,421,906  754,844  Census 2000 


South Dakota Profile: 2005 Area Unemployment Rates
  Population     775,900  
  Labor Force     432,000  
  Unemployment Rate     3.9%  
  Median Household Income     $43,200  
  Per Capita Income     $32,600  
       
  Location     Unemployment  
  Rapid City, SD     3.7%  
  Sioux City, IA-NE-SD     5.1%  
  Sioux Falls, SD     3.3%  



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South Dakota's Flag - The South Dakota flag features the state seal surrounded by a golden blazing sun in a field of sky blue. Letters reading "South

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History of South Dakota - Exploration of this area began in 1743 when Louis-Joseph and François Verendrye came from France in search of a route to the Pacific. The U.S. acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and it was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804–06. Fort Pierre, the first permanent settlement, was established in 1817. In 1831, the first Missouri River steamboat reached the fort. Settlement of South Dakota did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the railroad in 1873 and the discovery of gold in the Black Hills the following year. South Dakota's economy in recent years has benefitted from an expanding and diversifying industrial base. Agriculture is a cultural and economic mainstay, but it no longer leads the state in employment or share of gross state product. Durable-goods manufacturing and private services have evolved as the drivers of the economy. Tourism is also a booming industry in the state, generating approximately $1 billion worth of economic activity each year. South Dakota leads the nation in the production of hay and oats, and ranks second among the states in the production of rye, flaxseed, and sunflower seed. South Dakota is the nation's second leading producer of gold and the Homestake Mine is the richest in the U.S. Other minerals produced include berylium, bentonite, granite, silver, and uranium. The Black Hills are the highest mountains east of the Rockies. Mt. Rushmore, in this group, is famous for the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, which were carved in granite by Gutzon Borglum. A memorial to Crazy Horse is also being carved in granite near Custer. Other tourist attractions include the Badlands; the World's Only Corn Palace, in Mitchell; and the city of Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876 and where gambling was recently legalized to truly recapture the city's Old West flavor.

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