Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Apr 17, 2011

Belle Fourche - Health & Wellness

Butte County ranks 20th of the 60 registered counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2017.

A larger percentage of Butte County residents smoke than the national average. Fifteen percent of Butte County residents admit they smoke cigarettes, compared to 20 percent statewide and 14 percent nationwide.

The teen birth rate in Butte County is higher than the state and the entire country at 36 per 1,000 females, compared to South Dakota at 34 per 1,000 females and the country at 17 per 1,000 females.

Obesity, at 31 percent, is slightly greater than the state average which rates at 30 percent. Both are higher than the national average of 26 percent. 

More children in Butte County live in poverty than their peers across the country, with 20 percent in Butte County compared to just 18 percent statewide and 12 percent across the nation.

The rate of sexually transmitted infections is much higher than the national average at 174 per 100,000 people in Butte County versus 145 per 100,000 people nationally. South Dakota has a rate of 493 per 100,000 people. 

Premature death in Butte County is 7,100 per 100,000, which is above the state rate of 6,900 and the national rate of 5,200 per 100,000 people.

In Butte County, 12 percent of residents report poor health, which is similar to both the state percentage of 13 and the national percentage of 12 percent. The amount of poor physical and mental health days was about the same as the state and national average.

Butte County residents are more likely to be without health insurance compared to state and national averages. Fifteen percent of residents are uninsured, compared to 12 percent in South Dakota and 8 percent nationally. Find more insurance on health insurance coverage on the South Dakota Dashboard.

For the full list of factors and to compare Butte County data to other counties, visit this site created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Hospitals & Clinics

Regional Health: Regional Health operates a rural health clinic in Belle Fourche, as well as a senior care facility. Belle Fourche Regional Medical Clinic is located at 2200 13th Avenue and specializes in Family Medicine and is a branch of the Spearfish Regional Hospital. Services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, among others, are also available.

Community Health Services: Butte County also offers Community Health Services in Belle Fourche, which provides such services as immunization, the WIC program and the All Women Count program.

Sports & Recreation

The Belle Fourche Area Community Center is open daily in Belle Fourche. Managed by the city, the facility features a fitness center, pool, gymnasium, auditorium, indoor track, racquetball courts, and meeting rooms. Swimming lessons, fitness classes, community theater, and a variety of children’s programs are also offered.

Located 8 miles east of Belle Fourche, Orman Dam, also known as Belle Fourche Reservoir, was created in 1911 and has over 58 miles of shoreline. The dam is an active site for fishing, camping, boating, and other recreational activities. The Rocky Point Recreation Area, managed by the South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks Department, which provides fishing licenses and camping permits in the area.

Located an hour from Belle Fourche, Devil’s Tower National Monument is a popular hiking destination. The site, which is sacred to the Lakota and several other local Native American tribes, has hosted climbers for more than a century. Visitors can camp at the nearby Belle Fourche River Campground.

The annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche is one of the longest continually held outdoor rodeos in the United States, and is held around the Fourth of July each year. The event features a PRCA Rodeo, weeklong carnival for children and families, fireworks, parades, and the Miss Rodeo South Dakota Contest.

More Information

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out the South Dakota Dashboard’s collection of interactive graphs and charts.

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