Box Elder, SD

Census Place

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2022 Population
11,905
3.28% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
28.6
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
6.01%
15% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$71,532
13.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$264,600
28.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
5,677
1.36% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Box Elder, SD had a population of 11.9k people with a median age of 28.6 and a median household income of $71,532. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Box Elder, SD grew from 11,527 to 11,905, a 3.28% increase and its median household income grew from $62,972 to $71,532, a 13.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Box Elder, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.5%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.86%), White (Hispanic) (2.69%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.03%).

None of the households in Box Elder, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.8% of the residents in Box Elder, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Box Elder, SD are National American University-Ellsworth (440749) (13 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Box Elder, SD was $264,600, and the homeownership rate was 51%.

Most people in Box Elder, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Box Elder, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Box Elder, SD is home to a population of 11.9k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.51% of Box Elder, SD residents were born outside of the country (299 people).

In 2022, there were 8.39 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.99k people) in Box Elder, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.07k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 698 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Box Elder, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Box Elder, SD was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Box Elder, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.99k ± 577
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.07k ± 499
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    698 ± 314
5.77%
Hispanic Population
687 people

In 2022, there were 8.39 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.99k people) in Box Elder, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.07k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 698 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.77% of the people in Box Elder, SD are hispanic (687 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Box Elder, SD as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,032 ± 1,350 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,803 ± 1,298 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,418 ± 1,206 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,032 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,803 and Ethiopia with 2,418.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.51%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
299 people
2.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
334 people

As of 2022, 2.51% of Box Elder, SD residents (299 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Box Elder, SD was 2.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    988 ± 276
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    221 ± 126
  3. Vietnam
    190 ± 119

Box Elder, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 4.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Box Elder, SD employs 5.68k people. The largest industries in Box Elder, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (830 people), Construction (657 people), and Public Administration (642 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($73,063), Construction ($65,206), and Information ($60,685).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,552. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

5.68k
2022 Value
± 618
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 15.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Box Elder, SD grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 5.6k employees to 5.68k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Box Elder, SD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,018 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (452 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (402 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Box Elder, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

5.68k
2022 Value
± 618
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 15.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Box Elder, SD grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 5.6k employees to 5.68k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Box Elder, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (830 people), Construction (657 people), and Public Administration (642 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Box Elder, SD, though some of these residents may live in Box Elder, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,195
Median earning men ± $6,730
$30,971
Median earning women ± $3,043

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Construction ($65,253), Information ($60,685), and Public Administration ($58,697).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($36,480), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($36,333), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($36,164).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Dakota went to Donald J. Trump with 61.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.63%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Box Elder, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Box Elder, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Box Elder, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

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Education

In 2022, universities in Box Elder, SD awarded 13 degrees. The student population of Box Elder, SD in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 43 male students and 18 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Box Elder, SD are White (8 and 61.5%), followed by Black or African American (2 and 15.4%), Hispanic or Latino (2 and 15.4%), and Unknown (1 and 7.69%).

The largest universities in Box Elder, SD by number of degrees awarded are National American University-Ellsworth (440749) (13 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Box Elder, SD are General Business Administration & Management (11 and 84.6%), Computer Support Specialist (1 and 7.69%), and Airway Management & Operations (1 and 7.69%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 61 students enrolled in Box Elder, SD, 70.5% men and 29.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 36 records, of which 30.6% were women and 69.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Box Elder, SD was General Business Administration & Management with 10 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
13 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was National American University-Ellsworth (440749) with 13 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 9 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Box Elder, SD, which is 2.25 times more than the 4 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8 degrees mean that there were 4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($6,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($675) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Box Elder, SD was $264,600 in 2022, which is 0.939 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $206,600 to $264,600, a 28.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Box Elder, SD is 51%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Box Elder, SD have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Box Elder, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$264,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$18,596
$2,100
Median Property Taxes
±$365

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Box Elder, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

51%
Homeownership
2022
57.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 51% of the housing units in Box Elder, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.5%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 202
  2. Census Tract 114

The following map shows all of the places in Box Elder, SD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$71,532
Median Household Income
± $6,477
4.12k
Number of Households
± 519

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.12k households in Box Elder, SD grew to $71,532 from the previous year's value of $62,972.

The following chart displays the households in Box Elder, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Box Elder, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.3%)
  2. Carpooled (11.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.5%)

In 2022, 78.3% of workers in Box Elder, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.2%) and those who worked at home (5.5%).

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Box Elder, SD have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.868% of the workforce in Box Elder, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Box Elder, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Box Elder, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

6.01% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Box Elder, SD (697 out of 11.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Box Elder, SD is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

87.6% of the population of Box Elder, SD has health coverage, with 36.4% on employee plans, 7.44% on Medicaid, 2.67% on Medicare, 19.7% on non-group plans, and 21.4% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, SD see 940 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.18% decrease from the previous year (1035 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1183 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 332 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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940 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pennington County, SD

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, SD see an average of 940 patients per year. This represents a 9.18% decrease from the previous year (1,035 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennington County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.4% under 18 years, 34.1% between 18 and 34 years, 30.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 7.43% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.4%
Uninsured
36.4%
Employer Coverage
7.44%
Medicaid
2.67%
Medicare
19.7%
Non-Group
21.4%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Box Elder, SD grew by 10.8% from 11.2% to 12.4%.

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