South Dakota

Capital: Pierre
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Facts & Statistics

STATE STATISTICS 
Population 2014
852,561
Population 2015 857,919
Population 2016 865,454
Below Poverty 2014 12.8
Below Poverty 2015 13.9
Below Poverty 2016 14.5
Below Poverty 2017  N/A
Employment - Population Ratio 2014 67.0
Employment - Population Ratio 2015 67.2
Employment - Population Ratio 2016 67.0
Unemployed 2014 3.4
Unemployed 2015 3.1
Unemployed 2016 2.8
Unemployed 2017 (Oct.) 3.5
Foreclosure Rate 2017 (Oct.) 1 of 20,316
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.