South Dakota is a state in the north-central United States. It is also part of the Great Plains. South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who comprise a large portion of the population with nine reservations currently in the state and have historically dominated the territory.
South Dakota is in the north-central United States, and is considered a part of the Midwest by the U.S. Census Bureau; it is also part of the Great Plains region. The culture, economy, and geography of western South Dakota have more in common with the West than the Midwest. South Dakota has a total area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km2), making the state the 17th largest in the Union.
The capital and largest city of South Dakota is Pierre. The state's other major cities include Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Brookings.
South Dakota is a sparsely populated state, with a population of just over 890,000 people. The state's population is concentrated in the western part of the state, with the eastern part of the state being largely rural.
South Dakota's economy is based on agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing. The state's agricultural sector is a major producer of wheat, corn, soybeans, and cattle. Tourism is also a major economic driver in South Dakota, with the state's many attractions including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Badlands National Park. Manufacturing is also a major industry in South Dakota, with the state's factories producing a variety of goods including farm equipment, food processing equipment, and aircraft components.
South Dakota's climate is continental, with four distinct seasons. The summers are hot and humid, while the winters are cold and dry. The state's average temperature ranges from 20 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
South Dakota is a beautiful and diverse state with a rich history and culture. The state is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.