23 reviews
  1. Town in South Dakota
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$124,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$935
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    223
    264
  • Murder
    11
    5
  • Rape
    53
    37
  • Robbery
    0
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    339
    575
  • Theft
    901
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,041
National
$53,046
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    44%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges

Box Elder Reviews

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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.
It's a small area outside of Rapid City and right next to a Air Force Base, so though there is loud sounds of planes going both day and night, the people are friendly and respectful. The only problem I do have is with the cities water policies, they seem geared to take money from residents.