Community Profile

In all of America, there is only one Spearfish. Unique in its blend of history, beauty, small-town charm, and big city 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.


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Spearfish Proper

2010   10,494
2016   11,531
2017   11,609
2018   11,688

Greater Spearfish Area
2018   15,105

Lawrence County
2010   24,090
2018   25,741

Elevation           3,640 feet

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: $1000 House • $700 Apartment
Average Monthly Rent for 4 Bedrooms: $1,500 House • $1,100 Apartment
Average Home Purchase Price: $289.872

• 1 high school • 1 middle school • 3 elementary schools
• 3 parochial schools • 10 preschools • over 40 daycare’s

Spearfish School District: 605.717.1201

Black Hills Christian Academy: 605.722.1276

Black Hills State University: 800.ALL.BHSU
Enrollment: 4,036
Black Hills State University offers 81 academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels, as well as 20 pre-professional programs.

South Dakota Department of Labor

Black Hills Pioneer Classifieds 605-642-2761

Jacket Job Link at BHSU 605.642.6951

Public Recreation Facilities
17 City Parks
City Rec Center & Outdoor Water Park
BHSU Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
Tennis Courts
Pickeball Courts
Ball Fields
Skateboard/Bike Park
Public Golf Courses (2 @ 18-Hole)
Disc Golf Courses
Bowling & Mini Golf
Football/Soccer fields
Outdoor Ice Rink
Running/Walking Tracks (2 Indoor)
Outdoor Basketball Hoops
Horseshoe Courts
Indoor 6-Plex Movie Theater
Live Performance Theaters
Outdoor Band Shell
Bike/Walking Path (7.75 Miles)

Tax Structure
Mill Levies
Within City Limits
$18.35/1000 (commercial)
$14.73/1000 (residential)
Adjacent to City Limits:
$15.67/1000 (commercial)
$12.04/1000 (residential)

City Sales Tax Rate:     2%
State Sales Tax Rate:   4.5%
Hospitality Tax Rate:    1%
Tourism Tax Rate:        1.5%