South Dakota at a Glance
South Dakota has a population of 853,175, making it the 5th least populous state in the U.S. It’s also the 17th most extensive in terms of land area, and the 5th least densely populated state. South Dakota households have a median income of $71,207, and the median age of the state’s residents is 36.9.
Located in the American midwest, South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Sioux Native American tribes. The state is bordered by North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. The largest city is Sioux Falls, and the capital is Pierre, the 2nd least populous state capital with only about 13,000 residents.
South Dakota & Economy
South Dakota’s economy is dominated by the service industry, including retail, finance and health care. Popular jobs include forest and conservation workers, animal scientists and correspondence clerks. The minimum wage in South Dakota is $8.50 per hour.
South Dakota Unemployment Rate
The current unemployment rate in South Dakota is just 3.3%, well below the national average of 5.6%.