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Custer County

Population in 2012: 126 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -23.2%
Males: 72  (57.1%)
Females: 54  (42.9%)

Median resident age:  53.0 years
South Dakota median age:  40.7 years

Zip code: 57722

Estimated median household income in 2011: $39,839 (it was $25,000 in 2000)
Buffalo Gap:

$39,839
South Dakota:

$48,321
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $10,986

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $58,457 (it was $33,300 in 2000)
Buffalo Gap:

$58,457
South Dakota:

$131,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $63,968; Detached houses: $65,078; Mobile homes: $62,823
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  • White alone - 114 (90.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 9 (7.1%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.8%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.8%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.8%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Buffalo Gap: 76.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (14.9%), Irish (11.0%), German (7.1%), English (6.5%), Italian (5.2%), French (3.9%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3260 feet

Land area: 0.19 square miles.

Population density: 648 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Buffalo Gap:

  • High school or higher: 92.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 20.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Buffalo Gap town:

  • Never married: 24.8%
  • Now married: 55.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 2.5%
  • Divorced: 17.4%

5 residents are foreign born (3.0% North America).

This town:  3.0%
South Dakota:  2.2%



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota as of April 16, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Buffalo Gap to the number of sex offenders is 154 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $760 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $630 (1.2%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (40.6 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (264.8 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (802.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Hot Springs, SD (3.0 miles ), Fairburn, SD (3.8 miles) , Pringle, SD (4.0 miles) , Oelrichs, SD (4.7 miles) , Custer, SD (4.9 miles ), Hermosa, SD (5.0 miles ), Keystone, SD (5.3 miles ), Edgemont, SD (5.4 miles ).

Latitude: 43.49 N, Longitude: 103.31 W

Area code: 605

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.0%
South Dakota:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -9 (-5.2%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (25%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Retail trade (29%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Manufacturing (24%)
  • Information (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (16%)
  • Business operations specialists (10%)
  • Registered nurses (10%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Other construction workers and helpers (10%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (29%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (21%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (18%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7%)


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Tornado activity:

Buffalo Gap-area historical tornado activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 33% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/14/1969, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 9.1 miles away from the Buffalo Gap town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 6/22/1966, a category F2 tornado 13.6 miles away from the town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Buffalo Gap-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/28/1990 at 04:59:59, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 42.6 miles away from the city center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.5 miles away from Buffalo Gap center
On 2/6/1996 at 16:08:36, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 39.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/9/1996 at 02:48:08, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 49.3 miles away from the city center
On 2/24/1993 at 23:52:17, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML) earthquake occurred 100.0 miles away from Buffalo Gap center
On 6/18/1998 at 16:26:38, a magnitude 3.4 (3.1 MB, 3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Custer County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Buffalo Gap:

  • FALL RIVER HOSPITAL - CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Local, provides emergency services, about 12 miles away; HOT SPRINGS, SD)
  • CUSTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL - CRITICAL ACCESS HOSP (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 13 miles away; CUSTER, SD)

Political contributions by individuals in Buffalo Gap, SD

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Buffalo Gap:

  • Black Hills State University (about 75 miles; Spearfish, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,551)
  • Casper College (about 159 miles; Casper, WY; FT enrollment: 2,078)
  • Laramie County Community College (about 182 miles; Cheyenne, WY; FT enrollment: 2,121)
  • University of Wyoming (about 191 miles; Laramie, WY; FT enrollment: 9,610)
  • Colorado State University (about 222 miles; Fort Collins, CO; FT enrollment: 22,884)
  • University of Northern Colorado (about 226 miles; Greeley, CO; FT enrollment: 9,984)
  • Aims Community College (about 227 miles; Greeley, CO; FT enrollment: 2,152)

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Notable location: Buffalo Gap Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Custer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.2. This is about average.
City:

34.2
U.S.:

32.0
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.640. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.6 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.640
U.S.:

9.388
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.39. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.6 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.39
U.S.:

22.06
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 6.86. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.6 miles away from the city center.
City:

6.86
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 45.0%
(47.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  1.9 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  48.5%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  6.1%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Buffalo Gap, SD

Buffalo Gap compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Buffalo Gap travel time to work - commute


Buffalo Gap mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44%)
  • Electricity (44%)
  • Wood (11%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Buffalo Gap (based on Custer County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 41.11%
Here41.1%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents32.9%22.7%17.9%5.0%5.0%
Congregations11.8%11.8%11.8%5.9%5.9%
NameLutheran Church The Wesleyan ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents4.8%3.2%2.9%2.2%3.4%
Congregations5.9%5.9%17.6%5.9%17.6%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Custer County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Custer County:

8.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Here:

24.34 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

26.4%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.7%
State:

14.9%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$215
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$150
Water Supply 0$0 1$137
Totals for Government 0$0 5$502

Buffalo Gap government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $18,000 ($142.86)
    Regular Highways: $15,000 ($119.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $13,000 ($103.17)
    Water Utilities: $9,000 ($71.43)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,000 ($31.75)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($71.43)

Buffalo Gap government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $13,000 ($103.17)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $22,000 ($174.60)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $21,000 ($166.67)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,000 ($47.62)
    General Support: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • Tax - Property: $18,000 ($142.86)
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,000 ($31.75)
    NEC: $2,000 ($15.87)

Buffalo Gap government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $175,000 ($1388.89)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $170,000 ($1349.21)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $5,000 ($39.68)

Buffalo Gap government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $18,000 ($142.86)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $3,000 ($23.81)

11.22% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($43,128 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.22%
South Dakota average:

8.40%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Pennington County, SD  2.98% ($34,458 average AGI)
from Fall River County, SD  0.68% ($23,421)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.47% ($32,385)


10.71% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,645 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.71%
South Dakota average:

8.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pennington County, SD  3.15% ($35,057 average AGI)
to Fall River County, SD  0.54% ($24,133)
to Meade County, SD  0.36% ($32,800)

Strongest AM radio stations in Buffalo Gap:

  • KZMX (580 AM; 2 kW; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: MT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KIMM (1150 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: KIMM RADIO, INC.)
  • KOTA (1380 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KFCR (1490 AM; 1 kW; CUSTER, SD; Owner: MOUNT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KUYO (830 AM; daytime; 25 kW; EVANSVILLE, WY; Owner: WYOMING CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDSJ (980 AM; 5 kW; DEADWOOD, SD; Owner: GOLDRUSH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Buffalo Gap:

  • KZMX-FM (96.7 FM; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: MT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KAWK (105.1 FM; CUSTER, SD; Owner: MOUNT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLMP (97.9 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KQRQ (92.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: NEW GENERATION BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KRKI (99.5 FM; NEWCASTLE, WY; Owner: MICHAEL RADIO GROUP)
  • KIQK (104.1 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: HAUGO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KZLK (106.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: STEVEN E.DUFFY)
  • K292EC (106.3 FM; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: JAMES & SUSAN NOGA)
  • K201AQ (88.1 FM; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: STATE BD. OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. T.V.)

TV broadcast stations around Buffalo Gap:

  • K55AV (Channel 55; PRINGLE, SD; Owner: SD BD.OF DIRECTORS EDUC'L.TELLCOMM.)
  • K13BH (Channel 13; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: HOT SPRINGS TV CLUB)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 1 meters (3ft)
Total costs: $14,000
Total average daily traffic: 108
Total average daily truck traffic: 3
Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic: 108

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Buffalo Gap)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 13831 Beaver Creek Road (Lat: 43.466694 Lon: -103.300472), Type: Bant, Structure height: 6 m, Overall height: 8 m, Call Sign: KNEZ710
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.990 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/27/2013, Expiration Date: 05/09/2023
    Registrant: Western Communications Inc, 3106 Cambell Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, Phone: (605) 342-7885, Fax: (605) 348-6664, Email:
  • 2 Mi W (Lat: 43.522194 Lon: -103.334639), Call Sign: KVX204, Licensee ID: L00088573
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.4800 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/29/2003, Expiration Date: 08/03/2013
    Registrant: 7 11 Ranch Inc, Box 97, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722
  • Buffalo Gap Gst, 406 Main St., S Of Co. Hwy. 656, Near Sr 79 (Lat: 43.465833 Lon: -103.361667), Type: Tank, Structure height: 12 m, Overall height: 13 m, Call Sign: WQLM837
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.425 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/10/2010, Expiration Date: 03/10/2020, Certifier: Steve Harper
    Registrant: National License, 938 3rd Avenue Nw, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: (317) 849-5866, Fax: (317) 864-8335, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KD0UMY, Licensee ID: L01769387
    Grant Date: 02/27/2013, Expiration Date: 02/27/2023, Certifier: Zane C Boldon
    Registrant: Zane C Boldon, 26898 Sage Rd, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 18PC , Serial Number: 18-108
    Registrant (Individual): Kim B Trevillyan, Hc Box 6b, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4440Z , Serial Number: 18-8784, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 04/18/1969
    Registrant (Co-Owned): James A Williams, 14708 Williams Pl, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722, Other Owners: Mary M Williams, Thomas L Williams


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