South Dakota State
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South Dakota State collage of images.
South Dakota State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted South Dakota as the 40th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about South Dakota.

State Name:
South Dakota

Abbreviation:
SD

Capital:
Pierre

Date of Statehood:
November 2, 1889

Population:
775,933 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
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.

Primary Industry:
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. Durable-goods manufacturing and private services have evolved as the drivers of the economy.

Nickname:
Mount Rushmore State

Motto:
Under God the people rule.

Flower:
American Pasque (Legislation of 1903)
Picture of the American Pasque, the official state flower of South Dakota.

Tree:
Black Hills Spruce (Legislation of 1947)

Bird:
Ring Necked Pheasant (Legislation of 1943)
Picture of the Ring+Necked+Pheasant, the official state bird of South Dakota.
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Fish:
Walleye (Legislation of 1982)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1978)

Gemstone:
Fairburn Agate (Legislation of 1966)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of South Dakota.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of South Dakota.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of South Dakota.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of South Dakota state.
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