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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    C+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$135,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$690
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,230
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Black Hawk is a quiet rural area of around 7000 people. It's a fantastic place to raise a family. It is still close enough to Rapid City to receive all the benefits of the larger community.
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Weather here in the Black Hills can be extreme - changing by 30 degrees from one part of town to another. Winter can be brutal, like winter of 2013 - very cold, excessive winds and snow. In 12 years I've seen drought, end of drought, return of harsh winter, blizzard conditions, lots of green lushness, tornados and high winds. But for the most part it has been a great ride. Nice golden falls in Spearfish canyon, chokecherry trees in bloom, lots of beauty in spring, and hot, hot summers. Not too shabby but not like Vermont where I grew up - when seasons were so pronounced.
There are many attractions - The Black Hills themselves, sacred sites, Crazy Horse Monument, Mt. Rushmore Monument, the American Indian Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Reservations (9) have much to learn from, Spearfish Canyon, Tanka Bar factory, The Great Plains Art Market on Main Street Square, Prairie Edge, etc.