When it comes to state capital cities, South Dakota's has a few things working against it.

First and foremost, Pierre's location, which somewhat is equidistant from the major population centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, is extremely inconvenient for just about everyone to get to, with the closest interstate 35 miles away.

It also suffers from a lack of people, just 13,954 at last count, making it the second smallest capital city in America, trailing only Montpelier, Vermont (population 7,988).

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And while there are some great hunting and fishing opportunities in the area, there are no major tourist attractions in the greater Pierre area to lure people in for a visit.

When you consider all of that, it's no big surprise that South Dakota's capital city is one of the country's least memorable.

U.S. Betting Report is sharing the results of a Sporcle quiz on capital cities. In it, participants were given 10 minutes to name all 50 capitals and Pierre was one of the top ten most forgettable.

Just 68 percent of quiz takers remembered the name of South Dakota's capital city, which was the seventh worst overall.


  1. Jefferson City, Missouri: 61.5%
  2. Concord, New Hampshire: 62.1%
  3. Charleston, West Virginia: 62.7%
  4. Frankfort, Kentucky: 65.4%
  5. Columbia, South Carolina: 65.8%
  6. Montpelier, Vermont: 66.3%
  7. Pierre, South Dakota: 68.0%
  8. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 68.9%
  9. Montgomery, Alabama: 69.0%
  10. Bismarck, North Dakota: 69.1%

Not surprisingly, the states with some of the largest capital cities dominated the most memorable list.


  1. Austin, Texas: 86.3%
  2. Sacramento, California: 85.8%
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii: 85.6%
  4. Boston, Massachusetts: 85.2%
  5. Atlanta, Georgia: 84.8%
  6. Denver, Colorado: 84.8%
  7. Albany, New York: 84.3%
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah: 83.6%
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 83.5%
  10. Tallahassee, Florida: 82.3%

Back in South Dakota, results of another Sporcle quiz shed some insight into which cities in the Mount Rushmore State are the least memorable.

On the list of the ten most populated cities in the state, Huron, home of the State Fair and the world's largest pheasant statue, and the self-proclaimed center of 'Ringneck Nation' is most frequently forgotten, with just 30.9% remembering it.

Credit: Google Street View
Credit: Google Street View


  1. Huron 30.9%
  2. Spearfish 38.2%
  3. Yankton 39.5%
  4. Watertown 40.7%
  5. Mitchell 43.2%
  6. Brookings 44.9%
  7. Aberdeen 52.8%
  8. Rapid City 73.7%
  9. Sioux Falls 88.3%
  10. Pierre 90.0%

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:

Most Expensive South Dakota Related Things on eBay

In South Dakota, we've always prided ourselves on having one of the most reasonable cost of living rates in America.
But that doesn't mean that you can't spend a pretty penny when it comes to Mount Rushmore-related items.
All you've got to do is head to eBay where, in and among the 98,751 search results for South Dakota, you'll find some things that will set you back plenty.

10 Most Dangerous Cities in South Dakota

Cities on the east and west side of the Missouri River have made the latest list of South Dakota's Most Dangerous Cities for 2021.

Roadsnacks recently released its most 'Dangerous Cities' list and here in The Mount Rushmore state there are a few surprises, especially at the top. To determine the most dangerous cities in the state, Roadsnacks looked at the FBI's report on the latest violent crime, along with property crime statistics.

And surprisingly, the town with the most murders per capita in the state has less than 3,000 residents. Take a look at the list below.

For a look at the detailed list, visit roadsnacks.com Story Source: Roadsncaks

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