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Overview

Introduction to Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota is the state capital and the county seat of Hughes County. The city was founded on the Missouri River across from Fort Pierre in 1880, and it has been the state capital since 1889. It is widely known for its memorial hall and for being the regional transportation hub. The city is one of only five state capitals that does not have a major interstate highway running through it. It is also the only state capital in the United States that does not share at least one letter with its state. The South Dakota State Capitol building is located in Pierre near the Missouri River, and the white marble building was built in 1905.

Pierre Culture

The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center is located in Pierre and is dedicated to educating the public about history through exhibits, educational programming, and research. Visitors get the chance to experience historical eras characterized by early American Indian cultures, the arrival of white settlers, river boats, and railroads. Sod houses are recreated, and pioneer stories are told throughout the exhibits. Visitors can view a Lakota teepee as well as a replica of a gold mine. The museum has over 1,300 Native American objects focusing on the Sioux Indians. Verendrye Monument marks the spot where Louis Verendrye’s lead plate was unearthed some years ago. The Discovery Center & Aquarium, including South Dakota’s Science & Technology Center, have planetarium shows and summer programs.

Pierre Sports and Leisure

Big Sioux Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Big Sioux River and features a homestead cabin, a collection of some of the oldest trees in the state, trails winding through woods and prairies, a GPS trail, canoeing and kayaking on the river, cross-country skiing, biking, snowmobiling, and camping cabins. Chief White Crane Recreation Area has canoeing, bald eagle viewing, and fishing. Other camping areas include Clay Recreation Area, Dells of the Sioux, and Lake Carthage. Fishing is also popular at places like the James River, Big Sioux River, and Missouri River. Anglers catch species like smallmouth bass, bullhead, catfish, crappie, and northern pike.

Pierre Outdoors

There are many different outdoor parks in the region, some famous, some not-so-famous, but all with the austere beauty of the Midwest. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Care National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Harney Peak, Custer State Park, Bear Butte State Park, Devils Tower National Monument, and Crazy Horse Memorial. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happens every year in the Black Hills. Hunting is very popular in South Dakota, and it is a year-round sport for many hunters. There are almost 4.5 million acres of public land in the state, and hunters can use the land to hunt such species as upland game, waterfowl, small game, big game, pheasant, deer, partridge, quail, dove, coyote, and fox.

Pierre at Night

The city of Pierre has a variety of nightlife venues to choose from. The Grandstand is a popular local cocktail lounge. Longbranch has a bar, restaurant, tavern, and nightclub all in one. There’s Jake’s Good Time Place, Kings Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Pete’ez Tavern, and the Possum Lounge. St. Charles Restaurant and Lounge has a restaurant and a nightclub for patrons.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,959
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+7,605
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$37,774
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$6,023
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,467

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,195
% Above Poverty Level89.9%
% Below Poverty Level10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time10 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone43.3%
Median Gross Rent$579
Median House Value$164,900

Ancestry

German34.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.9%
Irish14%
Norwegian8.9%
English6.3%
Swedish4.8%
Danishn3.3%
French Except Basque3.1%
Czech2.2%
Italian2.2%
Polish2.1%
Scottish1.9%
Dutch1.9%
Welsh1%
Russian0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Finnish0.4%
Luxemburger0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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Pierre Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hughes County
Standard Zip Codes57501
Phone Area Codes605
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude44.37
Approximate Longitude-100.32

Pierre Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPIERRE RGNL AP
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 28 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip19.8 inches
StationOAHE DAM
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 28 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 88 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip14.9 inches
StationHARROLD 12 SSW
Distance27.2 miles
Jan Temp1 to 27 F
Apr Temp31 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 88 F
Oct Temp33 to 64 F
Annual Precip17.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blunt377$54,464
Fort Pierre2,278$70,956

Pierre Public Libraries

R. E. Rawlins Municipal Library
1000 E. CHURCH ST
Pierre, South Dakota
(605) 773-7421

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Pierre Hospitals

Saint Marys Healthcare Center
(Non-profit)
801 East Sioux Avenue
(605) 224-3100

Pierre Public Schools

Jefferson Elementary - 06
900 N. Poplar Ave.
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7320
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Georgia Morse Middle School - 02
309 E Capitol Ave
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7330
Middle
Total Enrollment 564
Kennedy Elementary School - 08
2306 Brookstone Loop
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7300
Mckinley Elementary - 07
716 E Dakota Ave
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7380
Primary
Total Enrollment 136
T F Riggs High School - 01
1010 E Broadway Ave
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7350
High
Total Enrollment 829
Washington Elementary - 04
106 S Monroe Ave
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7370
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Buchanan Elementary - 03
100 N Buchanan Ave
ZIP: 57501
(605) 773-7310
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Pierre Indian Learning Center
3001 E Sully Avenue
ZIP: 57501
(605) 224-8661
Primary

Pierre Private Schools

St Joseph Elementary School
210 E Broadway Ave
ZIP: 57501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 150
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