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 tenth 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 food service (13.00%), office and administrative support (10.58%), and management occupations (9.68%).

In addition, Spearfish is a college town. There are a lot of students in Spearfish attending college, and as a result Spearfish provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Spearfish, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 17.24 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: 42.63% 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 $37,077, 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 $148,308 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 Spanish and French.


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