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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Mountain Plains median real estate price is $591,017, which is more expensive than 97.6% of the neighborhoods in South Dakota and 78.6% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Mountain Plains is currently $1,653, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 81.3% of the neighborhoods in South Dakota.

Mountain Plains is a rural neighborhood (based on population density) located in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Mountain Plains real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Mountain Plains neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Real estate vacancies in Mountain Plains are 5.0%, which is lower than one will find in 68.3% of American neighborhoods. Demand for real estate in Mountain Plains is above average for the U.S., and may signal some demand for either price increases or new construction of residential product for this neighborhood.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.

People

NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the Mountain Plains neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled in college than 98.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With 28.7% of the population here attending college, this is very much a college-focused neighborhood.

In addition, if you are planning to retire in South Dakota, this neighborhood should be on your must-see list. For many reasons, Mountain Plains may be considered a retiree's dream neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and metrics, it's peaceful and quiet, has above average safety from crime compared to other neighborhoods in South Dakota, while also offering a diverse range of housing options. This, along with the vibrant mix of very educated seniors and other age groups who choose to live here, makes the neighborhood more retiree-friendly than 95.9% of neighborhoods in SD. If a South Dakota retirement is in your future, this neighborhood should be one of the places you visit. In addition to being an excellent choice for active retirees, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for college students.

Length of Commute

Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has a length of commute that is notable. Residents of the Mountain Plains neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 67.9% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 98.1% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.

Occupations

There are more people living in the Mountain Plains neighborhood employed as sales and service workers (59.1%) than almost any neighborhood in the country. From fast-food service workers to major sales accounts, sales and service workers make up the largest proportion of our national employment picture. But despite that size and importance nationally, this neighborhood still stands out as unique due to the dominance of people living here who work in such occupations.

Furthermore, the Mountain Plains neighborhood stands out nationally for having a greater proportion of its residents active in the military than 95.4% of other U.S. neighborhoods. If you come here, you will notice military people active in their jobs, going to and from work, and in plain clothes out and about the neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the Mountain Plains neighborhood has more Czechoslovakian and Finnish ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 1.6% of this neighborhood's residents have Czechoslovakian ancestry and 3.1% have Finnish ancestry.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Mountain Plains neighborhood in Spearfish are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 81.6% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 14.9% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 59.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the Mountain Plains neighborhood, 40.9% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 31.4% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (17.8%), and 9.3% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the Mountain Plains neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.1% of households.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the Mountain Plains neighborhood in Spearfish, SD, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (41.2%). There are also a number of people of Norwegian ancestry (13.6%), and residents who report English roots (11.2%), and some of the residents are also of Irish ancestry (10.3%), along with some French Canadian ancestry residents (7.9%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in Mountain Plains neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (67.9% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (84.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also hop out the door and walk to work to get to work (6.8%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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