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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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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 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
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
    218
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    104
    41
  • Robbery
    10
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    405
    500
  • Theft
    1,403
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    208
    284
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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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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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I have lived in Box Elder for almost nine years. It is the largest suburb of the second largest city in the state, so it's mostly houses. It's a nice place to live, with a very good school district. The local diversity comes from the air force base, which the town wraps around. Overall, we've had a good experience growing up here.
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.