South Dakota

Capital: Pierre
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Facts & Statistics

STATE STATISTICS 
Population 2012
834,504
Population 2013 845,510
Population 2014 853,175
Below Poverty 2011 14.5
Below Poverty 2012 12.8
Below Poverty 2013 10.3
Below Poverty 2014  N/A
Employment - Population Ratio 2012 66.9
Employment - Population Ratio 2013 66.9
Employment - Population Ratio 2014 66.7
Unemployed 2011 4.7
Unemployed 2012 4.2
Unemployed 2013 3.8
Unemployed 2014 3.4
Foreclosure Rate 2014 1 of 13,544
STATE FACTS
Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the Untied States, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder's monument called a "Stone Johnnie."
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the shrine to democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.
Badlands National Park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.