Community Profile

Community Profile

In all of America, there is only one Spearfish. Unique in its blend of history, beauty, small-town charm, and big NewChamberSigncity amenities, Spearfish is truly a “micropolitan” community. Over the last decade, Spearfish has experienced steady growth. People of all ages have been attracted to the community, not only for its beauty but also for the quality of life. Spearfish is a complete community, offering excellent healthcare, high quality education, friendly neighborhoods and low crime rate.

The Chamber of Commerce

The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce serves it members as the leading voice of business by providing advocacy, leadership and resources.

Economic Development

Working with state and local partners, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation has the capacity to provide custom incentive proposals to qualified businesses seeking to expand or relocate. Economic development programs include:  low interest finance programs, workforce development grants, property tax abatement’s and reduced cost, shovel-ready sites located in the Spearfish Business and Industry Park.

To learn more about our area’s premier business climate, superior lifestyle and, more importantly, how your business can increase its bottom line, please call SEDC at 605-642-3832.

v       NO corporate income tax,

v       NO personal income tax,

v       NO personal property tax, and

v       NO business inventory tax.


1990                   10,342 (est. 5-mile area)

2007                   13,233 (est. 5-mile area)

2010                   13,988 (est. 5-mile area) 29,770 (est. 15-mile area)

2012                   14,365 (est. 5-mile area) 33,486 (est. 15-mile area)


Elevation           3,640feet



Average Summer Temperature:     65.1ºF (Avg. Daily Hg. 78ºF)

Average Winter Temperature:        29ºF (Avg. Daily Hg. 40ºF)

Average Annual Precipitation:         22″

Average Annual Snowfall:              40” in town :: 70” in Spearfish Canyon



Average Monthly Rent for 2 Bedrooms: $750 House • $500 Apartment

Average Monthly Rent for 4 Bedrooms: $1,250 House • $950 Apartment

Average Home Purchase Price: $175,000



Spearfish School District  ::  605.717.1201

Black Hills Christian Academy  ::  605.722.1276

• 1 high school • 1 middle school • 3 elementary schools

• 2 parochial schools • 10 preschools • over 40 daycare’s

Black Hills State University :: 800.ALL.BHSU

Enrollment: 4,407

Black Hills State University offers 72 academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels.

EmploymentSouth Dakota Department of Labor1300 North Ave.605.642.6900Public Recreation Facilities

• 17 City Parks

• City Rec Center & Outdoor Water Park

• BHSU Fitness Center & Indoor Pool

• 14 Tennis Courts

• 8 Ball Fields

• 1 Skateboard/Bike Park

• 2 Public Golf Courses (1 9-Hole;
1 18-Hole)

• 2 Disc Golf Course

• 1 Bowling & Mini Golf

• 9 Football/Soccer

• 1 Outdoor Ice Rink

• 4 Running/Walking Tracks (2 Indoor)

• 10 Outdoor Basketball Hoops

• 20 Horseshoe Courts

• 1 Indoor 6-Plex Movie Theater

• 5 Live Performance Theaters

• 1 Outdoor Band Shell

• 1 Bike/Walking Path (7.75 Miles)



City:  1 City Administrator, 1 Mayor, 6-Member City Council

Ambulance:  60 members, 5 units

Fire:  57-member volunteer, 2 stations

Police:  21-member law enforcement team; 7-member communications team; 1 administrative assistant


Tax Structure

Real Property Tax Mill Levy: $20.32/$1,000(commercial)

$15.79/$1,000 (residential)

% of Full Value Assessed:                    85%

Local Sales Tax Rate:                          2%

State Sales Tax Rate:                          4%

BBB Tax Rate:                                     1%

State Tourism Tax:                               1%