When it comes to state capital cities many don't get the props they deserve. The state capital may not be the largest, most productive city in the state. Yet, these communities thrive in several categories.

Let's look at our South Dakota state capital. Pierre is located in the middle of the state and is a city of around 14,000 residents. The second smallest capital city just behind Montpelier, Vermont (7.400).

The capital building itself is such an amazing architectural focal point in Pierre that tells the story of the Rushmore State.

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Visitors to South Dakota will want to spend a day or weekend here.

Recently, Smart Asset announced its list of 2022 Best State Capitals to Live In and Pierre ranked number one.

Pierre, South Dakota scores highest in the employment & education category along with affordability. Across all 50 state capitals, Pierre ties for the second-lowest unemployment rate (1.9%) and has the fourth-highest income after housing costs (a little over $58,100). This state capital also has the fourth-highest high school graduation rate, at 95.62%.

Our neighbors around us also ranked high, in the top 15. In fact, five of the top 10 state capitals are in the Midwest.

Additionally, the midwestern states stand out in the employment & education category as well as for affordability.

In South Dakota, we work hard and we play hard. Without much of the stress people in other parts of the country deal with.

Industry is booming, agriculture is thriving, tourism shines, and South Dakota is a great place to raise a family.


From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:

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