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Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County.

The latitude of Spearfish is 44.490N. The longitude is -103.858W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,648 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,870.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$26,887
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Spearfish demographic reports
Spearfish is at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon, near the Wyoming border.
The community was founded during the Black Hills gold rush.

Spearfish Normal School, which is now Black Hills State University, opened in 1883.

A federal fish hatchery was opened here at the end of the 19th century.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 17. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Downtown Harvest Fest - Sept. 29, 2007
  • Taste of Spearfish - Sept. 20, 2007
  • Festival in the Park - July 20-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Spearfish web sites and events links in the sections below.
Colleges and universities: Black Hills State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Spearfish demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lawrence County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 57799 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

33% of Spearfish residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Spearfish ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Spearfish was $16,565, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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29% of Spearfish residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Spearfish include Frawley Historic Ranch, Spearfish Historic Commercial District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Spearfish, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $351.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $971.


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Libraries in Spearfish include Grace Balloch Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Spearfish include Black Hills Pioneer

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Lawrence County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Spearfish political report.

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The average commute time for Spearfish workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Spearfish include Best Western Black Hills Lodge, Days Inn Spearfish, Fairfield Inn-Spearfish, Holiday Inn Northern Black Hills, Howard Johnson Express, Kelly Inn, Quality Inn Spearfish, Super 8, Travelodge.

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