Box Elder, SD
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Box Elder is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 9,289 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Box Elder is the 13th largest community in South Dakota.

Box Elder is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Box Elder is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Box Elder who work in office and administrative support (23.75%), food service (15.15%), and sales jobs (10.13%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Box Elder, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Box Elder spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.21 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Box Elder who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.46% of the adults in Box Elder have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Box Elder in 2010 was $21,095, which is lower middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,380 for a family of four. However, Box Elder contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Box Elder is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Box Elder home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Box Elder residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Box Elder include Irish, Norwegian, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Box Elder is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.

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