Community Profile

Spearfish, once coined the “fasting growing town in the Midwest” is a picturesque community where friendliness and courtesy are a way of life. With blue sky, forested hills and vast prairies, Spearfish offers an appreciation of nature and beauty not often seen in today’s world.

Located in the Northern Black Hills, Spearfish represents one of the most broad-based economies in western South Dakota. With roots in education, health care, tourism, mining and timber, the economy has grown and diversified substantially. Abundant natural resources, a well-educated workforce, access to major transportation routes and its ideal location has help fuel the economic growth of Spearfish.

The Greater Spearfish Area has historically experienced steady growth. The growth rate for the area has remained at 3% annually.

POPULATION

  • Greater Spearfish Area

    15,105

  • Primary Retail Area

    54,631

  • Labor Market

    177,332

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

  • Spearfish Regional Health 550
  • Black Hills State University 385
  • Wal-Mart 336
  • Spearfish School District 265
  • Spearfish Forest Products 200
  • Northern Hills Training Center 173
  • City of Spearfish 140
  • Ainsworth Benning Construction 125
  • David Dorsett Senior Living Community 118
  • Mass Markets 100

EMPLOYMENT SECTORS

  • Leisure & Hospitality 3,495
  • Government & Education 1,704
  • Health Care 1,498
  • Retail Trade 1,377
  • Professional & Business 662
  • Construction 606
  • Manufacturing 499
  • Financial 409
  • Mining/ Natural Resources 266
  • Transportation & Utilities 230

LOCATION

Spearfish is ideally located at the intersection of two major United States highways. Our community is situated on Interstate 90, the longest Interstate Highway in the United States. Connecting Seattle with Boston, a major percentage of US commerce travels this route each day. On a north-south axis Spearfish is also located on U.S. Hwy 85, known as the Can-Am highway. Connecting Southern Canada with El Paso, TX, it passes through major commerce centers in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Highway 85 carries a large volume of energy industry-related traffic from the oil fields in the north to processing centers southward.

This map shows the location of Spearfish in western South Dakota
  • RAPID CITY

    44 Miles

  • DENVER

    402 Miles

  • MINNEAPOLIS

    657 Miles

  • KANSAS CITY

    760 Miles

  • WINNIPEG

    740 Miles

We are ready to move forward with you.

(605) 642-3832