Box Elder, SD Profile: Facts & Data


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Box Elder, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Box Elder had a population of 9,421 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Box Elder: Boxelder.

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Box Elder, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 9,421
Population in Households 8,864
Population in Familes 7,753
Population in Group Qrtrs 557
Population Density2 674
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $44,571
Average Household Income $57,335
Per Capita Income $19,412


Total Housing Units 3,323 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,637 (49.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,278 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 408 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $176,100
Average Home Value $186,865


Total Households 2,915
Average Household Size 3.04
Family Households 2,264
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.29% 1.7%
Households 2.14% 1.7%
Families 1.69% 1.59%
Median Household Income   2.79%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

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, 2018 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 Density # 158 60th
Diversity Index # 24 94th
Median Household Income # 278 29th
Per Capita Income # 359 8th

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