Community:   The Good Life

Belle Fourche, South Dakota is well known for its rodeos and western heritage.  On the 4th of July each year the city hosts the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo which attracts thousands of visitors.  

This town is also the geographic "Center of the Nation" for the 50 United States.  It is a recreational haven where the natural beauty of the rim of the Black Hills is laced by rivers that anchor themselves in western South Dakota's largest reservoir.

Strong value systems, excellent education opportunities, and a low crime rate make Belle Fourche a wonderful place to raise children.

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Community Profile

  • Population:                    5594
  • Number of families:        2223
  • Elevation:                      3017 feet
  • Amount of land area:      6.718 sq. kilometers.

 

Climate:

  • Average winter temperature:      29 degrees
  • Average summer temperature:   73.1 degrees
  • Average annual precipitation:     23.01 inches
  • Average annual snowfall:           16 inches 

 

Municipal Services

  • Type of Local Government:   Mayor/Council
  • Police Force:  8
  • Ambulance:  10
  • Fire Department Personnel: 39 Volunteers
  • Fire Insurance Rating:  Class 6
  • City Zoning:   Yes
  • County Zoning:  No
  • Percentage of Paved Streets:  96% 

 

Commercial / Industrial Services

  • Restaurants / Lounges    12
  • Financial Institutions        4
  • Retail Establishments      96
  • Service Businesses        180
  • Credit Unions                  2
  • Motels/Hotels                 11

 

Culture and Recreation:

  • 1 Public Library
  • 1 Golf Course
  • 4 Public Tennis Courts
  • 4 Soccer Fields
  • 6 Ball Diamonds
  • 7 Public Parks
  • 2 Athletic Clubs
  • 560 Seat Theater
  • Community Center / Swimming Pool / Racquetball Court
  • Fishing / Boating / Canoeing
  • 14 Protestant Congregations
  • 1 Catholic Congregation

 

Health Facilities:

  • 1 Hospital (in Spearfish - 9 miles)
  • 2 Clinics
  • 3 Doctors
  • 4 Dentists
  • 2 Optometrists

 

Education

School District: Belle Fourche School District

Website:  www.bellefourche.k12.sd.us

  • Belle Fourche High School
  • Belle Fourche Middle School
  • South Park Elementary (Grades 1-4)
  • North Park Elementary (Kindergarten)

TYPE                # OF SCHOOLS   PUPIL/TEACHER RATIO     ENROLLMENT

  • Elementary                2                           20 : 2 : 1                                       554
  • Middle/Junior High      1                           25 : 2 : 1                                      473
  • Senior High                1                           23 : 2 : 1                                      397

 

Major Employers

NAME                        PRODUCT / SERVICE          EMPLOYEES

  • Belle Fourche Public School       Primary/Secondary Education                      186
  • American Colloid                      Bentonite Mining/Processing                        170
  • City of Belle Fourche                Local Government                                       115
  • Belle Fourche Health Care         Long Term Care Facility                                95
  • Bentonite Performance MineralsBentonite Mining/Processing                          80
  • Hills Materials                          Lumber and Wood Products                           30

 Newspaper

  • Weekly:     The Black Hills Pioneer 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.