B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    C

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$102,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$507
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%

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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
    100
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    33
    525
  • Theft
    665
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,912
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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It is a charming small town with a ton of history. The plowing service is amazing compared to anywhere else in South Dakota, the roads are always neatly plowed which means there are close to zero snow days. The roads that lead to the higher level houses are very sloped and getting up them in the winter is almost impossible to accomplish. I wish to see more funding go towards the school and getting more usage out of the three schools.
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While I can't speak personally, I know some people who have experienced "politics" within the police force and some things do not get handled as they maybe should.
It is almost a central hub for all of the black hills. We have a Historic Opera House, the Homestake Gold Mine both right in town, and several caves, and other attractions within an hours drive.