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Belle Fourche is a city in Butte County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for its location on the Belle Fourche River, whose name derives from French for "beautiful fork."

The latitude of Belle Fourche is 44.671N. The longitude is -103.851W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,022 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,577.


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Median household income
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$26,875
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Belle Fourche demographic reports
Belle Fourche is on the edge of the Black Hills, near the Wyoming border.
The Belle Fourche dam, an enormous project for its day, was completed in 1911
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 12. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.7 per 1,000 people.
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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30% of Belle Fourche residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Belle Fourche ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Belle Fourche was $14,051, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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10% of Belle Fourche residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Belle Fourche, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $317.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $723.


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Libraries in Belle Fourche include Belle Fourche Public Library, Northwest Regional Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Belle Fourche include Belle Fourche Post & Bee

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Butte County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Belle Fourche political report.

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The average commute time for Belle Fourche workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Belle Fourche include Motel 6 Belle Fourche, Super 8.

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