Spearfish, SD
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Spearfish is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 11,531 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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Spearfish who work in office and administrative support (14.46%), sales jobs (11.44%), and management occupations (9.12%).

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 16.91 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Even though Spearfish is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Spearfish citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.02% of adults in Spearfish have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spearfish in 2010 was $24,569, which is middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,276 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 Irish, Norwegian, English, and Swedish.

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



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