- SOUTH DAKOTA
With a population of 853,175, South Dakota is the 46th most populous state in the USA. Also known as The Mount Rushmore State, South Dakota is the 17th largest state of the 50 states. Pierre is the capital while Sioux Falls is the largest city of South Dakota.
With 703 public schools, almost 140 thousand students are enrolled in South Dakota every year. The school graduation rate of South Dakota is 89.9%, which depicts the education level of the state.
In 2010, the total gross state product of South Dakota was US$39.8 billion and was ranked as the 5th smallest state in output in the United States. Back in 2010, the per capita income of South Dakota was $38,865 and was ranked 25th in the country. Some studies revealed that in 2008 almost 12.5% population of South Dakota was below the poverty line.
In July 2011, the unemployment rate of South Dakota was 4.7% and the state was also ranked 7th in the list of top 10 business-friendly states. Agriculture affects largely the economy of South Dakota and the state is a large producer of soybeans, wheat, corn, cattle and hogs.
After agriculture, Tourism is the 2nd large factor which contributes in the economy South Dakota. Sturgis Motocycle Rally, the largest tourism event takes place in the state, attracts almost 460,000 each year. Back in 2006, tourism was responsible for almost 33,000 jobs in South Dakota.