Perhaps one of the more subtle, but pleasant advantages to living in Spearfish is its climate.  The climate is semi-arid, with four distinct seasons and nearly 227 days of sunshine a year. July tends to be the warmest month in the region, with an average daily high temperature of 85°; while January is typically the coldest month of the year with an average high temperate of 36°. March tends to be the month with the most snowfall, with a little over 12 inches on average. Mild, sunny days are common throughout the winter and occasional "Chinook" or warm winds frequently come as a pleasant surprise.  Residents like to boast that Spearfish has "Banana Belt" weather during the winter months when the rest of the Midwest might be shivering.

Spearfish Climate
Average Daily Temperatures High Low Average
January 36° 14° 25°
July 85° 58° 72°
Rainfall in Inches 21 -- --
Snowfall in Inches 61 -- --
Number of Days Sunny (Annual) 227 -- --
Elevation (Means Feet Above Sea Level) 3,648 -- --


Weather Fact: Spearfish holds the world record for the fastest temperature change. On January 22, 1943 at about 7:30 a.m., the temperature in Spearfish was −4°F. The Chinook wind picked up speed rapidly, and two minutes later (7:32 a.m.) the temperature was +45°F. The 49°F rise in two minutes set a world record that still holds. By 9:00 a.m., the temperature had risen to 54°F. Suddenly, the chinook died down and the temperature tumbled back to −4°F. The 58°F drop took only 27 minutes



Spearfish resident have access to cutting edge healthcare and state-of–the–art facilities.  Region Health Network provides a wide spectrum of services ranging from primary care and prevention to highly specialized surgery and disease treatment. Spearfish Regional Hospital is a 40-bed primary care facility that offers extensive patient services centralized at one location which includes a hospital and medical clinic. Patient care includes 24-hour emergency service, inpatient and outpatient care, labor and delivery, home health, hospice and rehabilitative services.  Patients requiring specialized treatment can travel a short distance (45 minutes) to Rapid City Regional Hospital, a 310-bed acute care center.

Spearfish Healthcare Overview
Number of Hospitals 1
# of Hospital Beds 40
Number of Clinics 3
Number of Physicians (M.D.) 29
Number of Nurses (R.N.) 184
Number of Dentists (D.D.S) 10
Number of Nursing Homes 1
# of Nursing Home Beds 120
Number of Assisted Living Facilities 5
# of Assisted Living Beds 245



Spearfish - known for its pristine community - offers a multitude of housing options for area residents. You’ll find a mixture of new single-family homes, historic homes, mountain retreats, farm and ranch properties, townhouses and new apartment complexes. Over the past 10 years, several well-planned subdivisions have been developed with executive style housing in mind. The housing stock in Greater Spearfish has 6,405 units of which 58 percent are owner-occupied-single-family units and 42 percent are single and/or multiple-family rental units. The median selling price cost for a single-family home in Spearfish is $170,000. Rent for a multiple-family unit ranges from $400 to $850 depending upon number of bedrooms and amenities offered. New construction will be an ongoing activity in order to meet the needs of the growing population.

Spearfish Housing Overview
Number of Homes on the Market (Oct. 2013)  
    Single Family 118
    Townhomes or Condominiums 16
Average Selling Prices New & Existing
    Average Price/Single Family (Jan. - Oct. 2012) $226,163
    Median Price/Single Famly (Jan. - Oct. 2012) N/A
    Average Price/Townhome (Jan. - Oct. 2012) $214,161
Number of Single Family Homes for Sale by Price New & Existing
    Under - $150,000 23
    $150,000 - $200,000 23
    $201,000 - $250,000 13
    $250,001 - Over 54
Rentals Avg. Monthly Rent
    Average 2-Bedroom Apartment Rent $550



Public Safety

Image a place where you can leave your car doors unlocked and keys in the ignition. Spearfish, SD boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Nationally, South Dakota ranks 47th lowest in the total crime index. The Spearfish Police Department, which has been recognized nationally with several awards, helps maintain this low crime rate with 20 fulltime commissioned officers.

Crime Rate 2012
Per 100,000 Residents
City Population Murder/
Rape Rob-
ravated Assault
Burglary Larceny/
Auto Theft Total Crime
Crime Rate per
1,000 People
Spearfish, SD 10,704 0 8 0 10 47 320 8 393 36
Denver, CO 628,545 39 376 1,165 2,291 5,129 14,544 3,670 27,214 43
Sioux Falls, SD 158,354 2 139 70 420 899 3,843 299 5,672 35
eapolis, MN
390,240 39 403 1,719 1,711 4,782 12,760 1,817 23,231 59
Omaha, NE 414,970 41 187 815 1,442 3,311 13,120 2,747 21,663 52
Rapid City, SD 69,976 4 11 55 255 591 2,734 230 3,880 55
Cheyenne, WY 60,969 0 21 21 98 255 1,730 96 2,221 36
Los Angeles, CA 3,855,122 299 936 8,983 8,329 16,388 56,006 15,084 106,025 27
United States 313,914,040 14,827 84,376 354,520 760,739 2,103,787 6,150,598 721,053 10,189,900 32


Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports – Crime in the United Sates (2012)


Air Transportation

Black Hills Airport located in Spearfish is the largest and fastest growing general airport in South Dakota. It offers more services and opportunities than any other general airport in South Dakota and caters to corporate air travelers. Black Hills Airport is adjacent to Interstate 90 near the Spearfish Business & Industry Park, and only four miles from downtown. The 5,800 foot hard-surface and lighted main runway can handle up to 45,000 lbs. gross weight. Charter flights and rental cars are available at the airport. Annual flights exceed 5,000.

Commercial services are available at Rapid City Regional Airport which is a 45 minute drive from Spearfish. Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines and Allegiant Air provides 15 daily flights to Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix/Mesa and Salt Lake City.

Rapid City Regional Airport
Hub Status Regional
Distance From Spearfish 50 Miles
Carriers Serving Airport American Airlines
Total # of Daily Non-Stops to All Cities 16
Six Largest Cities Served # of Daily Flights
1. Dallas- Ft. Worth 2
2. Chicago - O'Hare 1
3. Denver 5
4. Minneapolis 4
5. Salt Lake 2
6. Phoenix-Mesa 1

Source: Rapid City Regional Airport website (October 2013)


Annual Events

Events & Cultural Facilities
Annual Cultural Events Month
     Winter Art Show March
     Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (powwow) April
     Independence Day Parade and Community Picnic July
     Black Hills Corvette Classic July
     Festival In the Park July
     Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August
     Hollidazzle Light Parade/Christmas Stroll December
Annual Sporting Events  
     Gun Show & Big Buck Contest February
     Northern Hills Biathlon May
     Thoen Stone Trial Run & Walk May
     Gold Rush Gravel Grinder (Cycle cross Race) June
     Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K Run July
     Leading Ladies Marathon & Half Marathon August
     Dakota Five-O Mt. Bike Race September
Performing Arts  
     Friday Nights Summer Concert Series  June - August
     Black Hills State Summer Theater Series June - August
     Mathews Opera House Community Theater Series Seasonal
     Celebration of the Arts June

Related Links:

Spearfish Recreation Center
Spearfish Community Calendar
Festival in The Park
Black Hills Corvette Classic
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Spearfish Hollidazzle Light Parade
Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K Run
Leading Ladies Marathon & Half Marathon
Dakota Five-O Mt. Bike Race
Friday Nights Summer Concert Series
Black Hills State Summer Theater Series
Mathews Opera House Community Theater Series


Recognized as one of the top "50 Sports Town of America" by Sports Afield, Spearfish is an outdoor sports enthusiast's dream. It’s a community that loves outdoor recreation, with ample opportunities for fishing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, boating, and more, all close to the population centers. Paved walking and biking trail systems are standard throughout the community enabling residents of all ages to safely walk, bike, and enjoy the outdoors. National parks and forests, state parks, county parks, and city parks, as well as designated open space and open land areas, are found throughout the region and are treasured by residents. Situated on the edge of a 1.2 million acre national forest, Spearfish provides endless opportunities for playing outside.

For more information on recreation, please go to Visit Spearfish.

Arts, Culture & Attractions

Aside from the naturally inviting beauty of Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish has a rich historic past with a wide array of artistic and cultural outlets. Black Hills State University and the Mathews Opera House & Center for Arts provides the backdrop for much of the cultural activities within the community. Because our large tourism industry, several area attractions are located nearby to educate and entertain area residents.

Throughout the year, it is not uncommon to find more than one festival or event taking place at any one time. The Mathews Opera House Theatre is home to several community and professional traveling theater productions. The Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 300 animals of 40 different species including tigers, leopards, bears, African lions and more. While the historic D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery plays host to grand daddy trout. BHSU Summer Stage offers affordable, quality, live theatre entertainment during the month of July and first week of August. The High Plains Western Heritage Center honors the old west pioneers of the Midwest. The Festival in the Park is one of the largest outdoor summer arts festivals in the upper Midwest. This annual event is held the third weekend in July and attracts over 150 juried craft, arts and 25 food booths with an emphasis on handmade arts and crafts. During summer months, from the second Friday in June until Labor Day Weekend, you can enjoy Downtown Friday Nights Concert Series. What better way to spend a Friday night than with live music, great food, street vendors, and entertainment for the family.

Related Links:

Spearfish Community Calendar
Festival in The Park
Friday Nights Summer Concert Series
Black Hills State Summer Theater Series
Mathews Opera House Community Theater Series
D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery
Termesphere Gallery
Sprit of the Hills Sanctuary
Visit Spearfish
Spearfish Chamber of Commerce