the northern Midwest, South Dakota is home to the pine-covered Black Hills where Mt. Rushmore serves as the state's icon
and major tourist draw, attracting thousands of visitors from around the nation each year.
Sioux Falls, with a population of 150,000, is the state's largest city. Mostly rural, South Dakota still relies heavily on agriculture as its chief industry.
Meanwhile, major employers in Sioux Falls and Pierre (the state capital) include those in the health care, insurance and banking industries. According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, projected fastest-growing occupations through 2014 include computer software engineers, physician assistants, home healthcare workers and physical therapists.
Dakota Census Data)
Major cities: Pierre (capital), Sioux Falls, Rapid City,
Population : 781,919
White : 88.5%
Black, African American : 0.8%
Hispanic : 2.1%
High school graduates : 84.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.5%
Average household income: $39,265