Introduction to Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis, South Dakota, in Meade county, is 26 miles NW of Rapid City, South Dakota and 331 miles N of Denver, Colorado. The city has a population of 6,442.

Sturgis History

Sturgis is the county seat of Meade County. It is said that the area was named in honor of Lt. Jack Sturgis, an officer killed at the battle of Little Bighorn. However, it is also said that the city was named in honor of Major Samuel D. Sturgis, his father. The evolution of the town traces back to the establishment of Fort Sturgis in the year 1876. Sturgis was officially incorporated in 1888.

Sturgis and nearby Attractions

  • House of Roses Museum
  • Bear Butte State Park
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Black Hills Mining Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Adams Museum

Things To Do In Sturgis

Sturgis offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Those interested in history can visit museums like the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, the Old Fort Meade Museum and the Black Hills Mining Museum. Bear Butte State Park provides different types of opportunities for recreation. Local festivals include the Cavalry Days Heritage Festival, which is held every June. The city also hosts the Sturgis Rally every August..

Sturgis Transportation

Rapid City Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Sturgis Higher Education

The nearby institutions providing opportunities for higher education are Black Hills State University, Chadron State College and the University of Wyoming.


Total Population 6,652
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,308
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,031
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,032
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,442


Median Family Income $53,036
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $578
Median House Value $118,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 17.5%
Irish 13.9%

Sturgis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NW of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 331 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Meade
Standard Zip Codes 57785
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.409
Longitude -103.508

Sturgis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 36 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches
Station LEAD
Distance 13.4 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
Station NEWELL
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 87 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 15.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sturgis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bear Butte (57785)

Clough (57785)

Fairpoint (57785)

Hereford (57785)

Marcus (57785)

Volunteer (57785)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central City 126 $68,333
Deadwood 1,153 $67,000
Lead 3,097 $44,476
Nisland 339 $27,273
Spearfish 10,836 $67,279
Whitewood 899 $50,125

Sturgis Public Libraries

Sturgis Public Library
Sturgis, South Dakota
(605) 347-2624

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Sturgis Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(605) 720-2400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 837 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 1.5

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