Abbreviation: SD

Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State

Capital: Pierre

Official language: English

State Motto: Under God the people rule

Admitted to Union: November 2nd  1889 as the 40th state

Population: about 865.000

German-Americans:  more than 334.000  -  about 46%  -  Biggest ethnic group in South Dakota!


















Regional German-American institutions

- Rushmore German Club, Rapid city  -

- South Dakota Deutscher Club, Rapid City







German fests/ events








German Restaurants

- Alpine Inn, Hill City

- Restaurant at Bavarian Inn Motel, Custer









Stores specialized on German goods








Towns with German Background







Additional information

-  Many Germans from Russia (mostly descendants of Swabians/Alemans) came to South Dakota and the middle West in the 19th century. Their experiences as a minority in Russia made it especially important for them to maintain their German language and culture in America.

- South Dakota’s official State Dessert is German Kuchen.






Literature about Germans here








Additional state Symbols

State bird: Ring necked pheasant

State Drink: Milk

State Flower: American pasque flower

State Tree: Black hills spruce

State Insect: Western honey bee

State Gemstone: Fairburn agate

State fish: Walleye

State Animal: Coyote

State Song: Hail, South Dakota

State dessert: Kuchen!!!  -  in German!!!  -  Kuchen!!!