According to the 2008 census, South Dakota ranked 46th among the states, with a population of 804,194. This represented an increase of 8.5 percent over the 1990 figure.
The average population density for the state is only 4 persons per sq km (10.3 per sq mi). This makes South Dakota the second least densely populated state east of the Rockies, greater than only neighboring North Dakota. Most South Dakotans live in the southeast. South Dakota is also one of the least urbanized states. In 2000 only 52 percent of the state’s residents lived in urban areas, and half the state’s population lived within 120 km (75 mi) of the eastern border.
Whites constituted 88.7 percent of the population in 2000. Native Americans, most of whom are of the Dakota (Sioux) people, were 8.3 percent of the population, blacks 0.6 percent, Asians 0.6 percent, and those of mixed heritage or not reporting race 1.8 percent. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders numbered 261. Hispanics, who may be of any race, were 1.4 percent of the people. Sioux Falls, located on the Big Sioux River in southeastern South Dakota, is the largest city in the state, with a population (2006) of 142,396. It is primarily a commercial, medical, trade, manufacturing, and transportation center. Rapid City is the second largest city, with 62,167 inhabitants. It is the leading commercial center in western South Dakota, including the Black Hills area.
Aberdeen, with 24,071 inhabitants, is the principal commercial center serving the James River area in northeastern South Dakota. Watertown, with 20,526 inhabitants, is a marketing and food-processing center in the eastern half of the state. Brookings, which has a population of 18,802, is noted as the seat of South Dakota State University. Mitchell, with a population of 14,857, and Huron, with a population of 10,909, serve as commercial centers in eastern South Dakota. Pierre, the state capital, has 14,095 inhabitants. About three-quarters of all the church members in South Dakota belong to Protestant denominations. About two-fifths of the Protestants are Lutherans, and there are many Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians. About one-quarter of the church members in South Dakota are Roman Catholics. "South Dakota" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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