B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$138,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$946
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

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
    229
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    62
    41
  • Robbery
    21
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    312
    500
  • Theft
    1,322
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    115
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,742
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    47%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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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.
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Proximity to all local public services is great! The local fire station is centrally located and employs a large number of volunteers who are very knowledgeable in their specified careers. The Police station is also easily accessible from any part of the community and has very quick response times. In addition, local laws are very effective in maintaining order within the community making the crime rate extremely miniscule. I am not very familiar with the local and state representatives for this area and do not wish to comment on that topic at this time.
Underrated. There are nice parts and there are not so nice parts. For folks in the Air Force, the proximity to Ellsworth AFB is great - and it's super close (10 minutes) to downtown Rapid City if you're wanting a night out on the town. Depending on the side of town you live on, you could be in Rapid City Schools or Box Elder Schools. Rapid's have a bit of a budget problem... Also, the town bleeds into Meade County (most of it is in Pennington County). So be sure to take that into consideration - taxes can vary.