- State Alias
- Social Demographics
- Metropolitan Areas
- Popular Sports Teams
- Security Companies
- Crime Statistics
- Police Department
- List of Counties
South Dakota History:
Exploration of this area began in 1743 when Louis-Joseph and Francois Verendrye who 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 1804-1806. Fort Pierre, the first permanent settlement, was established in 1817. Prior to white settlements the territory was populated mostly from the Sioux Indians.
In 1889 both North and South Dakota became states in the US. It was the 40th state. The Cheyenne, James, White and Missouri rivers are the major rivers that run through the state. The Lewis and Clark Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the state and was named in honor of the explorers Lewis and Clark who navigated the state and lead to increased development. Other notable lakes include the Oahe, and Francis Case Lakes. South Dakota borders Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
South Dakota State Alias:
South Dakota is known as “The Mount Rushmore State” celebrating the epic sculpture of the faces of four exalted U.S presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. A few other symbols that are associated with the state of South Dakota include the honey bee, coyotes, buffalo, rose quartz, black hills spruce, walleye, and a fiddle. The state motto is “Under God the people Rule.”
South Dakota Population:
The current population of South Dakota is approximately 844,877. There are around 407,381 of the total population being males and 406,799 females. The state is ranked 46th in order of population, making it one of the least populated states in the nation. 85% of the population is white and 8.9% are still full blooded American Indian.
South Dakota Industries:
The total value of shipments for manufactured goods in 1997 was $12 billion, with the 2nd highest growth rate in the country between 1992 and 1997. In 1997 South Dakota was headquarters to one fortune 500 company, and gateway 2000. Today South Dakota is the second largest producer of sunflower seed and oil in the nation. South Dakota is also a leading producer of a variety of small grains such as, oats, barley, rye, flax seed, sorghum, and alfalfa. Tourism is another major industry for South Dakota. Millions come to see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands national park. There are more tourist visitors to the state, than there are year around residents.
South Dakota Social Demographics:
According to the 2010 census 24.6% of South Dakota’s population consists of people under the age of 18 and 14.9% of the population consists of people over the age of 65. The rate of home ownership is at 68.6% with the median household income at $49,091. Approximately 90.1% of all people in South Dakota gain a high school diploma. 26% go to college and obtain at least a bachelors degree.
South Dakota Metropolitan Areas:
Pierre is the capital of South Dakota with Sioux Falls being the city with the largest population. South Dakota is the 17th largest state with a land mass of 77,121. South Dakota consists of 12 metropolitan areas, these include; Sioux falls, Rapid city (near Mount Rushmore), Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Sioux city, Vermillion, Spearfish, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, and Huron. Most of South Dakota is rural population.
South Dakota Popular Sports Teams:
There are no professional sports teams in South Dakota. South Dakota is home to several popular sports teams that include, The South Dakota Gold, Sioux Falls Stampede, and The Sioux Falls Canaries.
South Dakota Home Security Companies:
South Dakota Crime Statistics:
According to a 2010 crime statistics report there was an overall reported criminal incidents of 17,268. Some of these crimes involve 1,619 cases of aggravated assault, 3,181 burglary crimes, 11,106 larceny and theft crimes, 795 motor vehicle theft crimes, 23 cases of manslaughter/murder, 152 robberies.
Crime Breakdown for South Dakota
- 3.22 Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents
- 20.60 Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Violent Crime in SD is 1 in 311
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Property Crime in SD is 1 in 49
- There are 15 crimes per square mile in SD
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Burglary in SD is 1 in 255
- The SD Burglary Rate is Below the National Average
South Dakota Police Department:
In 1935 the governor of South Dakota recognized the need for an organization to enforce the traffic laws and provide assistance to the public. So the governor (Tom Berry) appointed 10 men that were known as the courtesy patrol these men were tasked with enforcing all the laws and helping to inform the public about traffic regulations, thus the South Dakota police department began. Today the South Dakota police department still strives to make the state one of the safest places to live and visit.
- South Dakota State Police Website: http://dps.sd.gov/enforcement/highway_patrol/
- South Dakota Amber Alert: http://sd.gov/amberalert/
- South Dakota Health & Safety: http://www.southdakotasafetycouncil.org/conf/
South Dakota List of Counties:
4. Bon Homme
11. Charles Mix
23. Fall River