... South Dakota has more shoreline combined than Florida.
... President Benjamin Harrison once shuffled the statehood papers before signing so no one could tell which Dakota became a state first.
South Dakota contains multiple unique geographic features, including stunning pine-covered mountains, bold rock faces, grasslands, and true four-seasons weather. The state is home to over 900,000 residents and has a median household income of $56,521. This puts the state squarely in 33rd place for median household income.
The economy of South Dakota is dominated by retail, banking, finance, healthcare, ranching, agriculture, and tourism. Major employers in the area include Sanford Health, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Smithfield Foods, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Avera Health.
While it’s true that Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota, go off the beaten path by checking out the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Not only is there an entire exhibit devoted to the Cold War, there’s also a disarmed Minuteman II ICBM system at the site with a missile silo to go with it. Everything has been preserved well, and tours are available to check out the underground launch control center.