South-Dakota Colleges & Universities
South-Dakota Fast Facts:
- Mean annual wage: $29,170
- Per capita income growth rate: 4.1% (eighth in the US)
- State sport: rodeo
- Nickname: the Mount Rushmore State
Though sparsely populated, South Dakota is a state with much to offer. It has a population of 775,000, which ranks it 46th in the Union in terms of population density. In fact, the state's biggest city, Sioux Falls, has only 139,000 inhabitants--but all that is starting to change. Lincoln County, near Sioux Falls, is the ninth fastest growing county in the U.S.
Even as agricultural output has declined in South Dakota, beef, wheat, and corn farming remain major sources of income for the state. Tourism is also a top source of revenue. South Dakota is home to Mount Rushmore and to Deadwood, a site popular for its gaming casinos. Tourism employs over 30,000 people in South Dakota. South Dakota has the lowest per capita total tax rate in the country, making it an attractive place to live and work.
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