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The City of Sturgis had a population of 7,269 as of July 1, 2021. Sturgis ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sturgis is located at latitude 44.4097 and longitude -103.5091 in Meade County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sturgis encompass a land area of 4.02 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Meade County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,422 feet.

The City of Sturgis 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sturgis: Scooptown.

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Sturgis, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 7,269 (100%)
Population in Households 7,092 (97.6%)
Population in Families 5,266 (72.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 177 ( 2.4%)
Population Density 1,216
Diversity Index2 24


Median Household Income $39,979
Average Household Income $55,580
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $24,987
Wealth Index5 48


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,457 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,237 (64.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,017 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 202 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $198,204
Average Home Value $213,154
Housing Affordability Index3 108


Total Households 3,255
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 1,810
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.85% 0.88%
Households 1.01% 0.99%
Families 0.66% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   2.48%
Owner Occupied HU   1.5%

Sturgis, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sturgis to the other 393 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 15 96th
Population Density # 57 86th
Median Household Income # 354 10th
Housing Affordability Index # 150 38th
Per Capita Income # 321 19th
Diversity Index # 122 69th

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