Pierre, South Dakota

capital city of South Dakota and county seat of Hughes County

Pierre (pronounced "peer") is the capital city of South Dakota, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 13,646.[1] Pierre is the county seat of Hughes County. Started in 1880 on the Missouri River across from Fort Pierre, Pierre has been the state capital since 1889.

Pierre, South Dakota
South Dakota State Capitol
South Dakota State Capitol
Coordinates: Coordinates: 44°22′5″N 100°20′11″W / 44.36806°N 100.33639°W / 44.36806; -100.33639
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyHughes County
 • MayorLaurie Gill
 • Total13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
 • Land13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
1,453 ft (442 m)
 • Total13,876
 • Density1,066/sq mi (411.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central)

Pierre lies on rough river bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. It is a few miles away from Lake Oahe, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and a very popular fishing destination.


Inside the Capitol
Dome of the Capitol

Two airlines serving Pierre Regional Airport provide non-stop flights to Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The nearest interstate highway is Interstate 90, about 34 miles south of Pierre via U.S. Highway 83. Pierre is one of only four state capitals not served by an interstate highway.[Note 1]


  1. The other state capitals without Interstate highways are Dover, Delaware; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Juneau, Alaska.


  1. "Pierre (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

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