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Belle Fourche - Work & Economy

Belle Fourche ranks 24th of the 27 most populated cities in South Dakota for Median Household Income, with 39,179 in 2015. 2,812 of 4,447 people aged 16 years or older are employed or seeking employment in the community, or 63.2 percent, according to the U.S. Census 2015 American Community Survey. With only 85 people unemployed, Belle Fourche has an unemployment rate of 1.9 percent. The top five industries in Belle Fourche are healthcare & social assistance, retail trade, other services (excepting public administration, manufacturing, and construction, according to U.S. Census Data on Data USA. For an in-depth economic profile of Belle Fourche, visit the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

More information about the Belle Fourche economy and community business can be found on the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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Find total population, racial breakdown, gender breakdown, poverty rates, disability rates, home ownership rates, housing cost burden data, median income, median age and more for Belle Fourche on the South Dakota Dashboard.

Gross Sales Revenue

For the fiscal year of 2015, Belle Fourche generated $346,760,753.36 in gross sales revenue, according to the South Dakota Department of Revenue. The top earning sectors were retail trade ($199.4 million), manufacturing ($61.9 million), and services ($45.8 million). Taxable sales exceeded $133.9 million.

Employment

The top five industries in Belle Fourche are healthcare & social assistance, retail trade, other services (except public administration, manufacturing, and construction, according to U.S. Census Data on Data USA.

With a potential labor force of  4,447 people aged 16 years or older, Belle Fourche has approximately 2,812 people, or 63.2 percent, employed or seeking employment in the community, according to the U.S. Census 2015 American Community Survey. With only 85 people unemployed, Belle Fourche has an unemployment rate of 1.9 percent.

Income & Wages

Belle Fourche ranks 24th of the 27 most populated cities in South Dakota for median household income, with $39,179 in 2015. The county’s median household income for those over the age of 65 is $24,405 with the state median of $37,896, and the national median of $40,971.

Approximately 11.4 percent of Belle Fourche residents live below the federal poverty rate. This is lower than the poverty rate in Butte County at 13.9 percent, the state’s rate of 13.7 percent, and the national rate of 14.7 percent.

Nearly 30 percent of Belle Fourche residents pay 31.4 percent of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as Housing Cost Burden. Belle Fourche ranks 21st of the 27th most populated cities in South Dakota in this category. The city’s percentage is higher than the county rate of 29.4 and the state average of 25.4 percent but lower than the national rate of 33.3.

Agriculture & Resources

Butte County’s main industry is agriculture. There were 659 farms in Butte County comprising 1,134,603 acres according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census. The average farm or ranch was 1,722 acres. The number of farms engaged in cattle production was 363. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms devoted to agriculture increased by 13 percent. The market value of agricultural products sold in the county rose 36 percent to $75,350,000 from $55,443,000 in 2007. Livestock accounted for 77 percent of all sales. 88 percent of farmland was devoted to pasture in Butte County. The amount of government payments farms received totalled $3,255,000, up by 41 percent since 2007. The average principal operator of a farm was 57 years old and was most likely male and white. 12 Native Americans and 67 women were principal operators of farms. Butte County ranked first in the state for sheep and lamb production and 3rd for horse and pony production. 

For more information on agriculture in Butte County, see the county profile at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website. Explore more information at agcensus.usda.gov and Rural Life and Census Data at SDSU, Brookings, SD.

Environment & Conservation

The Butte County Conservation District coordinates services from all levels of government and private and public sources and provides local conservation leadership and education. The district has been in operation for over 75 years and its office is located in Belle Fourche.

Housing

Belle Fourche ranks 9th of the top 27 most populated counties in South Dakota for homeownership, with 65.8 percent of homes owner occupied. This is lower than the county (74.7 percent), the state (68.2) rates, but higher than the national of 63.0 percent.

Nearly 30 percent of Belle Fourche residents pay 31.4 percent of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as housing cost burden. Belle Fourche ranks 21st of the 27th most populated cities in South Dakota in this category. The city’s percentage is higher than the county rate of 29.4 and the state average of 25.4 percent but lower than the national rate of 33.3.

Transportation

Located 3 miles north of Belle Fourche, the Belle Fourche Airport is a small airport owned and operated by the city government. Aircraft licensing and maintenance services are available through the airport, which is open to the public.

Tourism

Tourists attractions such as the Center of the Nation Visitor Center, the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, and nearby Devil’s Tower National Monument are very important to the economy of Butte County and its communities.  Butte County ranks 27th of 66 counties in South Dakota in real taxable tourism sales, generating $2,789,419 in 2015. This amount represented 0.4 percent of the state’s total. To see where other counties rank, see our chart on the South Dakota Dashboard.

More Information

For more data on the economies of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our interactive graphs and charts at the South Dakota Dashboard.

 

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