Custer, SD


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Custer, SD Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Custer Housing Market Information

With a population of 1,952, 896 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $208,106, Custer real estate is some of the most expensive in South Dakota, although Custer home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Custer, accounting for 68.56% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Custer include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 12.87%), mobile homes or trailers ( 12.13%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.57%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Custer are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 59.31% owning and 40.69% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Custer built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Custer built between 1940-1969 ( 24.91%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from before 1939 ( 20.24%). There's also some housing in Custer built between 2000 and later ( 14.37%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Custer. Fully 16.42% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Custer homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Custer real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Custer Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Custer has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Custer real estate appreciated 38.31% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.30%, putting Custer in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Custer definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Custer's appreciation rate, at 4.81%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Custer's appreciation rate has been 1.82%, which annualizes to a rate of 7.50%.

Importantly, this makes Custer one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to South Dakota, our data show that Custer's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% of the other cities and towns in South Dakota.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,144,000 1.0
$858,001 - $1,144,000 1.1
$571,001 - $858,000 4.8
$457,001 - $571,000 6.9
$343,001 - $457,000 14.9
$229,001 - $343,000 17.8
$114,001 - $229,000 31.8
$57,001 - $114,000 10.2
$0 - $57,000 11.6

Very High for SD
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
30.2472752841908 7.5

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Custer Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
93.03% 3.89% 7 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$788 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 59.31
Renters 40.69
Vacant 16.42

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 14.4
1970 - 1999 40.5
1940 - 1969 24.9
1939 or Older 20.2

Types of Homes

Single-Family 68.6
Townhomes 4.6
Small Apt. Buildings 1.9
Apt. Complexes 12.9
Mobile Homes 12.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.33
1 Bedroom 10.45
2 Bedrooms 29.85
3 Bedrooms 48.69
4 Bedrooms 7.84
5 or more bedrooms 0.84

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