Spearfish, SD
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Spearfish is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 12,193 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Spearfish is the 11th largest community in South Dakota.

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

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Spearfish is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Spearfish is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spearfish who work in office and administrative support (12.89%), food service (12.82%), and sales jobs (9.97%).

Spearfish is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Spearfish enrolled in college, Spearfish has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Spearfish spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.49 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Spearfish are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.43% of adults in Spearfish have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spearfish in 2018 was $32,936, which is wealthy relative to South Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,744 for a family of four. However, Spearfish contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Spearfish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.


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