Custer, SD
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Custer is a very small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 1,956 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Custer is the 36th largest community in South Dakota.

Custer real estate is some of the most expensive in South Dakota, although Custer house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Custer is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Custer is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Custer who work in sales jobs (15.30%), office and administrative support (13.99%), and maintenance occupations (6.67%).

Overall, Custer’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Custer has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Custer has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Custer than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Custer may be for you.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Custer spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.45 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Custer is a very car-oriented city. 73.44% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Custer is a small city , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Custer has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.

Being a small city, Custer does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Custer are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.87% of adults in Custer having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Custer in 2010 was $27,482, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,928 for a family of four. However, Custer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Custer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Custer residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Custer include Norwegian, Irish, English, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Custer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Native American languages.


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