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Overview

Introduction to Spearfish, South Dakota

Spearfish, South Dakota, in Lawrence county, is 42 miles NW of Rapid City, South Dakota and 333 miles N of Denver, Colorado. There are an estimated 8,606 people in the city.

Spearfish History

Spearfish was originally inhabited by Native Americans. European settlers first arrived in the area in 1876, during the Black Hills Gold Rush. The first post office and the first store of the area were established in 1877. The city was incorporated in 1888. It was named because Native Americans and fur traders considered the stream an ideal place to spear fish. The first railroad entered the area in 1893. Mining and tourism became important in this area in the 20th Century.

Spearfish and nearby Attractions

  • D C Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
  • Spirit of Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
  • High Plains Heritage Center
  • Gulches of Fun Amusement Park
  • Bear Butte State Park
  • House of Roses Museum

Things To Do In Spearfish

While staying in Spearfish, one can pay a visit to the Spirit of Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, the Bear Butte State Park and the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. The Gulches of Fun Amusement Park is popular among children and an ideal destination for a family outing. The city also offers easy access to the Old Fort Meade Museum, Adams Museum, the House of Roses Museum and the Black Hills Mining Museum. Local festivals include the Downtown Harvest Fest, Taste of Spearfish and the Festival in the Park.

Spearfish Transportation

Rapid City Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Spearfish Higher Education

Black Hills State University is the local institution of higher education. Others providing facilities for higher education include the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Casper College and Chadron State College.

People

Total Population 10,836
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,769
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.5%
Median Earnings25+ $30,057
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,242

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,279
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $582
Median House Value $175,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 12.6%

Spearfish Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles NW of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 333 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Lawrence
Standard Zip Codes 57783
Company Zip Codes 57799
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.49
Longitude -103.858

Spearfish Climate

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Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SPEARFISH
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 36 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
Station DEADWOOD
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 54 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 57 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Station LEAD
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 30 to 50 F
Jul Temp 54 to 77 F
Oct Temp 34 to 55 F
Annual Precip 29.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belle Fourche 5,677 $54,257
Central City 126 $68,333
Deadwood 1,153 $67,000
Lead 3,097 $44,476
Sturgis 6,652 $53,036
Whitewood 899 $50,125

Spearfish Public Libraries

Library
Grace Balloch Memorial Library
625 NORTH FIFTH STREET
Spearfish, South Dakota
(605) 642-1330
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Spearfish Hospitals

SPEARFISH SURGERY CENTER
(Proprietary)
1316 10TH ST
(605) 642-3113
Emergency Service: No

SPEARFISH REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1440 N MAIN ST
(605) 644-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Spearfish High Schools

SPEARFISH HI SCH
1725 N MAIN
605-717-1212
Serves 670 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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