Spearfish, SD

Census Place

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2022 Population
12,268
1.97% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.4
4.35% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.1%
15% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$58,734
12.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$271,400
14.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,451
3.56% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Spearfish, SD had a population of 12.3k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $58,734. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Spearfish, SD grew from 12,031 to 12,268, a 1.97% increase and its median household income grew from $52,258 to $58,734, a 12.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Spearfish, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (88.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.83%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.68%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.994%), and White (Hispanic) (0.742%).

None of the households in Spearfish, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.5% of the residents in Spearfish, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Spearfish, SD are Black Hills State University (539 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Spearfish, SD was $271,400, and the homeownership rate was 52%.

Most people in Spearfish, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Spearfish, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Spearfish, SD is home to a population of 12.3k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.43% of Spearfish, SD residents were born outside of the country (176 people).

In 2022, there were 18.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.8k people) in Spearfish, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 593 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 329 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.5%
2022 Citizenship
98.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.5% of Spearfish, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Spearfish, SD was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Spearfish, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.8k ± 233
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    593 ± 252
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    329 ± 158
2.17%
Hispanic Population
266 people

In 2022, there were 18.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.8k people) in Spearfish, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 593 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 329 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.17% of the people in Spearfish, SD are hispanic (266 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,032 ± 1,350 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,803 ± 1,298 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,418 ± 1,206 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,032 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,803 and Ethiopia with 2,418.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.43%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
176 people
1.71%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
206 people

As of 2022, 1.43% of Spearfish, SD residents (176 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Spearfish, SD was 1.71%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (1990s)
    288 ± 129
  2. Vietnam
    282 ± 116
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    171 ± 98

Spearfish, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (1990s), 1.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Spearfish, SD employs 6.45k people. The largest industries in Spearfish, SD are Accommodation & Food Services (1,125 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (912 people), and Educational Services (792 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($105,104), Utilities ($91,719), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,365).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,552. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

6.45k
2022 Value
± 628
3.56%
1 Year growth
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Spearfish, SD grew at a rate of 3.56%, from 6.23k employees to 6.45k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spearfish, SD, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (960 people), Management Occupations (814 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (626 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spearfish, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.45k
2022 Value
± 628
3.56%
1 Year growth
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Spearfish, SD grew at a rate of 3.56%, from 6.23k employees to 6.45k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spearfish, SD, are Accommodation & Food Services (1,125 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (912 people), and Educational Services (792 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spearfish, SD, though some of these residents may live in Spearfish, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,230
Median earning men ± $6,482
$25,886
Median earning women ± $3,376

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($80,714), Wholesale Trade ($73,571), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,826).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($70,513), Manufacturing ($66,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,607).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Dakota went to Donald J. Trump with 61.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.63%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Spearfish, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Spearfish, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Spearfish, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Spearfish, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Spearfish, SD awarded 539 degrees. The student population of Spearfish, SD in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,252 male students and 2,173 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Spearfish, SD are White (468 and 87.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17 and 3.18%), Two or More Races (17 and 3.18%), and Unknown (10 and 1.87%).

The largest universities in Spearfish, SD by number of degrees awarded are Black Hills State University (539 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Spearfish, SD are General Business Administration & Management (87 and 16.1%), Elementary Education & Teaching (54 and 10%), and General Biological Sciences (45 and 8.35%).

The median tuition cost in Spearfish, SD for a public four year colleges is $7,616 for in-state students and $10,718 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Spearfish, SD, the percentage of applicants admitted was 96.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 31.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,425 (36.6% men and 63.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,425 students enrolled in Spearfish, SD, 36.6% men and 63.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,905 records, of which 63.9% were women and 36.1% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Spearfish, SD was General Business Administration & Management with 71 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
539 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Black Hills State University with 539 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 177 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Spearfish, SD, which is 0.489 times less than the 362 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 468 degrees mean that there were 27.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 17 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,616) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,300) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spearfish, SD was $271,400 in 2022, which is 0.963 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $237,100 to $271,400, a 14.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Spearfish, SD is 52%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Spearfish, SD have an average commute time of 15.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Spearfish, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$271,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$16,360
$2,889
Median Property Taxes
±$381

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Rent vs Own

52%
Homeownership
2022
64.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 52% of the housing units in Spearfish, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 51.2%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9663.01
  2. Census Tract 9662

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Household Income

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$58,734
Median Household Income
± $5,087
5.56k
Number of Households
± 587

In 2022, the median household income of the 5.56k households in Spearfish, SD grew to $58,734 from the previous year's value of $52,258.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Spearfish, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.6%)
  2. Carpooled (6.42%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.96%)

In 2022, 80.6% of workers in Spearfish, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.42%) and those who worked at home (5.96%).

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Commute Time

15.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spearfish, SD have a shorter commute time (15.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.415% of the workforce in Spearfish, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spearfish, SD (1.51k out of 11.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Spearfish, SD is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.3% of the population of Spearfish, SD has health coverage, with 45.2% on employee plans, 7.61% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 21.1% on non-group plans, and 2.75% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lawrence County, SD see 1124 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.93% decrease from the previous year (1170 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1639 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 535 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,124 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lawrence County, SD

Primary care physicians in Lawrence County, SD see an average of 1,124 patients per year. This represents a 3.93% decrease from the previous year (1,170 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lawrence County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.7% under 18 years, 25.6% between 18 and 34 years, 31.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47% were men and 53% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.71%
Uninsured
45.2%
Employer Coverage
7.61%
Medicaid
15.7%
Medicare
21.1%
Non-Group
2.75%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spearfish, SD grew by 30.6% from 5.9% to 7.71%.

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