Pierre, South Dakota

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  • South Dakota became a state November 2, 1889, the 40th state admitted to the Union.
  • Pierre became state capital 1889
  • Founded: 1880
  • Name Origin: Named for Pierre Chouteau Jr (1789-1865), a French-American fur trader

Pierre (pronounced PEER, the only state capital with one syllable) is in the geographic center of the state. It is surrounded by lush grasslands, and its prosperity came from the cattlemen to the west and the farmers to the east.

The capitol is built of limestone and local boulder granite. Its dome rises to a height of 159 feet and is covered with 40,000 pounds of copper. Capitol Complex has 16 buildings surrounded by 8,000 flowers. Flaming Fountain, an artesian well on the shore of Capitol Lake, is so named because it is so rich in sulphur the waters can be lit.

The Cultural Heritage Center, built low into the ground like the sod houses of the prairies, has scenes of Pioneer and Native American life, as well as mining and historic exhibits. The Discovery Center has hands-on science and technology exhibits and aquariums with native fish. Oahe Dam and Reservoir are part of the Missouri River Basin Project. Badlands National Park is to the southwest.

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Things To Love About Pierre

The friendly small-town way of life, the kindness shown, the warm brown hills and sparkling river waters, the fishing and the hunting and the love of life, the pride in the capitol, kept open every day for all to see, the homecoming parade.

Blogs To Read About Pierre

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Capital City Basics

  • Population: 13,646, 49th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,045 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 13.06 square miles
  • Elevation: 1,484 feet, 9th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 37/13, July 87/58. Annual rainfall: 16 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Missouri River
  • Mountains near: Black Hills. Harney Peak in the southwest corner of the state is the highest point in South Dakota at 7,242 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Bismarck, ND 210; Saint Paul, MN 412; Lincoln, NE 457
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 1,490

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 13,646             Population
  • 22.9%             Under 18
  • 13.9%             Over 65
  • 0.6%               Asian
  • 0.5%               Black
  • 1.9%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 10.9%             Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%               Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 84.3%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 7.7%                English Not Spoken at Home
  • 94.1%              High School Graduate
  • 37.4%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 9.5%                 Below Poverty Level
  • $30,041           Per Capita Income
  • $56,161            Median Household Income
  • $145,700         Median Value of Home
  • 66.0%              Home Ownership

City: http://ci.pierre.sd.us/

Visitors: http://www.travelsd.com/Travel-Services/Pierre-Convention-and-Visitors-Bureau.dr