Community:   The Good Life

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

Community Profile

 

Population:

5594

Number of families:

2223

Elevation:

3017 feet

Amount of land area:

6.718 sq. kilometers.

Amount of surface water:

0 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

10

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

3 Chiropractors


Education

School District: Belle Fourche School District
Website:  http://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 Center Long Term Care Facility 95
Bentonite Performance Materials
Bentonite Mining/Processing 80
Hills Materials Lumber and Wood Products

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Newspaper

                        Weekly:   The Belle Fourche Post
                       

               

 

 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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