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Aug 11, 2017

Hill City - Work & Economy

The Hill City economy climbed 13.23 percent in the past year, generating $64,361,110.74 in business activity subject to state sales tax in fiscal year 2016 (July 2015-June 2016) compared to $56,841,240.19 in FY2015. To see complete, monthly reports of sales tax information on Piedmont, visit the South Dakota Department of Revenue website.

Gross Sales Revenue 

Business in Pennington County did nearly $6.6 billion in gross sales in 2016 as reported by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.  

Employment and Workforce 

Employment in Hill City is based on the timber, tourism, and telecommunications industries. The timber industry is important to Hill City since it is located in the Black Hills National Forest. Rushmore Forest Products runs a lumber mill outside of town and is the area's largest employer.

In 2015, Pennington Cfounty has 55,556 total jobs, a .2 percent increase from the previous year. South Dakota had about 416,020 jobs and the United States about 139,491,699. Both South Dakota and the United States had a 14.3 and 7.4 percent increase in total jobs respectively.

Pennington County had a 76.2 percent proportion of adults working, less than the South Dakota average of 76.4 percent, but larger than the national average of 68.7 percent. 

Hill City has increasingly become the arts community of the Black Hills, and is the home to the Warrior's Work gallery, which features both Indian art and art reflecting the West, Black Hills Bronze, and the home gallery of well-known local painter Jon Crane. It is also the home of Art of the Hills magazine, which focuses on the art and artists of the region.

Like several of the small towns near Sturgis, the Hill City economy benefits during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, which brings business and fills the campgrounds bordering the town.

Income & Wages 

The Median Household Income of Hill City was $46,607 in 2015, That’s less than both the South Dakota median of $53,017 and the national median of $55,775.

Approximately 12.2 percent of the total population in Pennington County live in poverty. The state’s poverty rate is 13.7 percent as compared to the United States average of 14.7 percent.  

More Information 

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

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