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Box Elder

čhaŋšúška
Box Elder, South Dakota
City Hall.
City Hall.
Nickname(s): 
Gateway to the Black Hills
Location in Pennington County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Pennington County and the state of South Dakota
Box Elder is located in the United States
Box Elder
Box Elder
Location in the United States
Country United States
State South Dakota
Counties Pennington.
Founded 1907
Incorporated 1965
Area
 • Total 14.53 sq mi (37.63 km2)
 • Land 14.51 sq mi (37.57 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
3,031 ft (924 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 11,746
 • Density 697.57/sq mi (269.33/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
57719
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-06620
GNIS feature ID 1254028
Website City of Box Elder

Box Elder (Lakota: čhaŋšúška; "box elder maple") is a city in Pennington and Meade counties in the State of South Dakota. The population was 11,746 at the 2020 census, making it the 11th most populous city in South Dakota. Ellsworth Air Force Base lies on the northeast side of the city.

Box Elder was named from nearby Boxelder Creek.

Geography

Box Elder is located at 44°6′55″N 103°4′55″W / 44.11528°N 103.08194°W / 44.11528; -103.08194 (44.115349, -103.081997).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.91 square miles (36.03 km2), of which 13.90 square miles (36.00 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Box Elder has been assigned the ZIP code 57719 and the FIPS place code 06620. It is located within minutes of Ellsworth AFB.

Climate

Climate data for Rapid City, South Dakota (Rapid City Regional Airport), 1981−2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
(24.4)
75
(23.9)
83
(28.3)
93
(33.9)
98
(36.7)
109
(42.8)
111
(43.9)
107
(41.7)
104
(40)
94
(34.4)
83
(28.3)
75
(23.9)
111
(43.9)
Average high °F (°C) 37
(2.8)
40
(4.4)
48
(8.9)
58
(14.4)
68
(20)
78
(25.6)
87
(30.6)
86
(30)
76
(24.4)
61
(16.1)
47
(8.3)
37
(2.8)
60.3
(15.69)
Average low °F (°C) 13
(-10.6)
15
(-9.4)
23
(-5)
32
(0)
42
(5.6)
51
(10.6)
58
(14.4)
57
(13.9)
46
(7.8)
34
(1.1)
22
(-5.6)
13
(-10.6)
33.8
(1.02)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(-32.8)
−31
(-35)
−21
(-29.4)
1
(-17.2)
18
(-7.8)
31
(-0.6)
39
(3.9)
38
(3.3)
18
(-7.8)
−2
(-18.9)
−19
(-28.3)
−30
(-34.4)
−31
(-35)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.30
(7.6)
0.46
(11.7)
0.93
(23.6)
1.80
(45.7)
3.22
(81.8)
2.53
(64.3)
1.85
(47)
1.56
(39.6)
1.29
(32.8)
1.42
(36.1)
0.53
(13.5)
0.42
(10.7)
16.31
(414.3)
Source: The Weather Channel (Historical Monthly Averages)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 607
1980 3,186 424.9%
1990 2,680 −15.9%
2000 2,841 6.0%
2010 7,800 174.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2017 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 7,800 people, 2,443 households, and 1,968 families living in the city. The population density was 561.2 inhabitants per square mile (216.7/km2). There were 2,828 housing units at an average density of 203.5 per square mile (78.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.5% White, 5.1% African American, 4.4% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 6.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.9%.

Of the 2,443 households, 55.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.4% were non-families. 15.1% of households were one person, and 2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age was 23.5 years. 33.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 20.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.3% were from 25 to 44; 13% were from 45 to 64, and 2.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.

Points of interest


Notable people

  • Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, author, speaker, businessman
  • Nellie Zabel Willhite, first deaf woman to earn a pilot's license
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