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Belle Fourche, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Belle Fourche had a population of 5,773 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Belle Fourche is located at latitude 44.6639 and longitude -103.8594 in Butte County. The formal boundaries for the City of Belle Fourche (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Butte County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,022 feet.

The City of Belle Fourche (GNIS ID: 1267280) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Belle Fourche population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Belle Fourche: De Mores.

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Belle Fourche, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,773
Population in Households 5,670
Population in Familes 4,471
Population in Group Qrtrs 103
Population Density1 673
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 2,416
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 1,525
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,639 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,600 (60.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 816 (30.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 223 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $139,128
Average Home Value $165,725


Median Household Income $47,207
Average Household Income $60,259
Per Capita Income $25,264
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.46% -0.03%
Households 0.59% 0.03%
Families 0.64% -0.12%
Median Household Income   2.49%
Per Capita Income   1.89%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Belle Fourche, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Belle Fourche to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 17 96th
Population Density1 # 155 61st
Diversity Index2 # 114 71st
Median Household Income # 200 49th
Per Capita Income # 241 39th

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