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
$132,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$672
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%

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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
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,882
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    43%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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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.
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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.
I haven't used Black Hawk services much 0- mostly Pennington County; but when my neighbors and I had trouble with wild dogs killing out pets, the local police responded and I was satisfied.

Don't follow local politics per se, unless I see someone I would like in those seats - rarely Native candidates run, but I support the ones that do - as well as Democrats and independents.