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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Box Elder is a town in South Dakota with a population of 9,277. Box Elder is in Pennington County. Living in Box Elder offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families live in Box Elder and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Box Elder are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,011
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Box Elder Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    379.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    51.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    420
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,188.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    184.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    44%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Box Elder

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,290
National
$55,322
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Box Elder Reviews

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Everyone for the most part is super nice and caring. Small little place where everyone kind of knows everyone. Makes you feel pretty welcomed and safe in the area. The school district is super nice and caring. Gives you the best education to make you successful in life. Box Elder is growing into something bigger and better for the people. Air Force base out here is growing and more families are coming out here. They are starting to build houses and add onto schools because there are becoming so many kids that are enrolling into the Douglas school district. For the most part though I really enjoy living in Box Elder, everyone is caring and makes you feel welcomed as I said.
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Box Elder has been a wonderful community to live in. We have lived here for just over 3 years. Our kids love the schools, they have little league, football, wrestling, and other activities for the children. We also have the Air Force base in town so there is a lot of diversity in Box elder.
It's a great small community. It is still growing so there is plenty of opportunity here. It has many great places to visit near by and within the town. There is a museum, there's a new gym, and a few restaurants to go to. There are a lot of public schools to enroll in and community programs to get involved in. It's next to a military base so many of the people in the area are friendly and courteous. Safety is not much of an issue.