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Box Elder, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Box Elder had a population of 9,393 as of July 1, 2016. Box Elder ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Box Elder is located at latitude 44.1115 and longitude -103.0749 in Pennington County. The formal boundaries for the City of Box Elder (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Pennington County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,035 feet.

The City of Box Elder (GNIS ID: 1267290) 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 Box Elder 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 Box Elder: Boxelder.

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Box Elder, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,393
Population in Households 8,834
Population in Familes 7,737
Population in Group Qrtrs 559
Population Density1 672
Diversity Index2 51


Total Households 2,927
Average Household Size 3.02
Family Households 2,289
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,318 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,541 (46.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,386 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 391 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $166,172
Average Home Value $178,184


Median Household Income $44,218
Average Household Income $56,309
Per Capita Income $19,104
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.99% 2.13%
Households 2.91% 2.15%
Families 2.41% 2.06%
Median Household Income   3.25%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
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.

Box Elder, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Box Elder 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 # 13 97th
Population Density1 # 156 60th
Diversity Index2 # 25 94th
Median Household Income # 250 36th
Per Capita Income # 350 11th

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