Dakota has a continental climate with four distinct
seasons, ranging from very cold, dry winters to hot and
semi-humid summers. During the summers, the average high
temperature throughout the state is often close to 90 °F
(32 °C), although it generally cools down to near 60 °F
(15 °C) at night.
658,245 South Dakotans—93.5% of the resident population
five years of age or older—spoke only English at home.
The United States dollar,
denoted by USD or the symbol $, is the official currency
used in the United States. Commonly referred to as the
"American dollar," the currency is divided into 100
cents (symbol ¢)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2009, South
Dakota has an estimated population of 812,383, an
increase of 57,548, or 7.6%, since the year 2000.
7.3% of South Dakota's population were reported as under
5, 24.7% under 18, and 14.4% were 65 or older.
Pierre is the capital of the U.S. state
of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County.
The population was 13,646 at the 2010 census, making it
the second least populous state capital after