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Custer County, South Dakota (SD)

County population in 2019: 8,859 (all rural); it was 7,275 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,554
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,283
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,286
Renter-occupied apartments: 799 (it was 684 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

32%

Land area: 1558 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 6 people per square mile   (very low).

March 2019 cost of living index in Custer County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (20.9%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (12.4%), Construction (10.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Custer County, SD (2019)
    • 7,81989.5%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3474.0%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3443.9%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1732.0%Two or more races
    • 310.4%Asian alone
    • 220.3%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
Median resident age:

55.8 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years
Males: 4,334  (48.9%)
Females: 4,525  (51.1%)
Average household size:
Custer County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $59,785 ($36,303 in 1999)
This county:

$59,785
South Dakota:

$59,533

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $612 (lower quartile is $489, upper quartile is $724)
This county:

$612
State:

$669


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $237,367 (it was $81,900 in 2000)
Custer:

$237,367
South Dakota:

$185,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $119,134 - $370,568

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $303,972
Here:

$303,972
State:

$222,394

Townhouses or other attached units: $129,367
Here:

$129,367
State:

$231,929

Mobile homes: $131,664
Here:

$131,664
State:

$69,469

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,495
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $537

Institutionalized population: 236
Custer County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 35 buildings, average cost: $63,000
  • 1998: 32 buildings, average cost: $86,800
  • 1999: 58 buildings, average cost: $85,100
  • 2000: 70 buildings, average cost: $75,200
  • 2001: 61 buildings, average cost: $87,700
  • 2002: 86 buildings, average cost: $101,300
  • 2003: 99 buildings, average cost: $93,100
  • 2004: 120 buildings, average cost: $108,500
  • 2005: 114 buildings, average cost: $134,100
  • 2006: 76 buildings, average cost: $193,700
  • 2007: 66 buildings, average cost: $201,000
  • 2008: 98 buildings, average cost: $77,900
  • 2009: 46 buildings, average cost: $167,900
  • 2010: 34 buildings, average cost: $133,400
  • 2011: 52 buildings, average cost: $75,600
  • 2012: 65 buildings, average cost: $86,000
  • 2013: 116 buildings, average cost: $181,100
  • 2014: 82 buildings, average cost: $168,100
  • 2015: 98 buildings, average cost: $153,000
  • 2016: 104 buildings, average cost: $119,700
  • 2017: 64 buildings, average cost: $229,800
  • 2018: 62 buildings, average cost: $224,900
  • 2019: 148 buildings, average cost: $226,400
Number of permits per 10,000 Custer, SD residents
Average permit cost in Custer, SD
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,369 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,041 (1.0%)

Distribution of median household income in Custer, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Custer, SD in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Custer, SD in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 12.5%
Custer County:

12.5%
South Dakota:

11.9%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 46.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.6% for American Indian residents, 32.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 55.8 years old
(Males: 55.8 years old, Females: 56.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 56.8 years old, Black residents: 19.0 years old, American Indian residents: 22.5 years old, Asian residents: 35.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33.7 years old, Other race residents: 30.5 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Custer County is $379 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $648 a month.

Cities in this county include: Custer, Hermosa, Buffalo Gap, Pringle, Fairburn.

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

2018 air pollution in Custer County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.040 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 8.8 µg/m3. Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 3.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Custer County: Prosper Townhall (A), Rome Townhall (B), Beulah Township Hall (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Custer County include: Immanuel Church (A), Zion Church (B), Victor Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Union Cemetery (1), Sunset Memorial Park (2), Victor Lutheran Cemetery (3), Emsley Cemetery (4), Mount Vernon Cemetery (5), New Home Cemetery (6), Nicolaisen Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Rock Creek (A), North Fork Twelvemile Creek (B), West Branch Firesteel Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Custer County: Hubbard Slough State Public Shooting Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Charles Mix County , Davison County , Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin , Jerauld County , Worth County, Iowa .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.6%
South Dakota:

3.3%

Unemployment by year in Custer, SD
County total employment by year in Custer, SD
County average yearly wages by year in Custer, SD

Current college students: 185
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 24.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 315 (57.4% naturalized citizens)

Custer County:

3.6%
Whole state:

4.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 612010 or later
  • 732000 to 2009
  • 921990 to 1999
  • 101980 to 1989
  • 41970 to 1979
  • 51Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.1%

Custer County marital status for males Custer County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 3,823
  • One, attached: 48
  • Two: 34
  • 3 or 4: 48
  • 5 to 9: 52
  • 10 to 19: 135
  • 20 to 49: 45
  • 50 or more: 5
  • Mobile homes: 1,005
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 21

Housing units in Custer County with a mortgage: 1,773 (43 second mortgage, 118 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,570

Here:

50.0% with mortgage
State:

55.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Custer County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,6716
Evangelical Protestant73513
Catholic3683
Other101
None5,432-
Custer County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Custer County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Custer County:

8.97 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 19
This county:

24.34 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Custer County:

7.4%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

26.4%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.7%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Custer County:

Average size of farms: 1944 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $41,156
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $45.45
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 92.51%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $40,724
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.49%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $58,119
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.11%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.83
Corn for grain: 330 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 936 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Custer County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 5514716.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 36 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/21/1962, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 32 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Custer County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 417% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 359.4 miles away from Custer County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 137.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 513.2 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 125.6 miles away from the county center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 127.5 miles away from Custer County center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 364.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South Dakota Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4527, Natural disaster type: Other
  • South Dakota Severe Storms And Flooding, Incident Period: May 26, 2019 - June 7, 2019, FEMA Id: 4463, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: October 03, 2013 to October 17, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4155: November 08, 2013, FEMA Id: 4155, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Myrtle Fire, Incident Period: July 20, 2012, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 20, 2012, FEMA Id: 2996, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: September 06, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3234: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3234, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Dakota Battle Creek Fire, Incident Period: August 16, 2002 to August 29, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: August 18, 2002, FEMA Id: 2458, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Elk Mountain #2 Fire, Incident Period: July 30, 2001, Fire Management Assistance Declared: August 01, 2001, FEMA Id: 2369, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Jasper Fire, Incident Period: August 24, 2000, Fire Management Assistance Declared: August 25, 2000, FEMA Id: 2324, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Winter Storm, Incident Period: April 18, 2000 to April 20, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1330: May 19, 2000, FEMA Id: 1330, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South Dakota Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 03, 1997 to May 24, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1173: April 07, 1997, FEMA Id: 1173, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Custer County (13) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Fires: 4, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Custer

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,004 (68.0%)
  • Carpooled: 387 (13.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 25 (0.8%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 314 (10.7%)
  • Worked at home: 210 (7.1%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Construction (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Construction (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (4%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (28%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (4%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (35%)
  • Ukraine (28%)
  • Canada (9%)
  • Korea (7%)
  • Iran (5%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (4%)
  • Germany (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Custer County


  • German (24%)
  • American (9%)
  • Norwegian (6%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • European (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (4%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Custer County, South Dakota in 2000:

  • 188 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 66 people in nursing homes
  • 36 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in other group homes

People in group quarters in Custer County, South Dakota in 2010:

  • 152 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 84 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 19 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $70,022.

10.40% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($58,889 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.40%
South Dakota average:

7.74%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.88% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($24,022 average AGI)
5.53% relocated from other states ($34,867 average AGI)
Custer County:

5.53%
South Dakota average:

3.70%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pennington County, SD  2.73% ($54,258 average AGI)
from Fall River County, SD  0.56% ($25,800)


9.02% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,632 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.02%
South Dakota average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.38% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($22,863 average AGI)
4.64% relocated to other states ($29,765 average AGI)
Custer County:

4.64%
South Dakota average:

3.63%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pennington County, SD  2.52% ($52,659 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.0

Births per 1000 population in Custer County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 10.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Custer County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 15.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Custer County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 12.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 7.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Custer County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Custer County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Custer County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Custer County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Custer County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Custer County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,604 (1,366 aged, 238 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 209 (14%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Custer County, South Dakota in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (34)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (21)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.05
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,618
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1,135
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 36,034

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 962
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 886
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76

Household type by relationship:

Households: 8,859
  • Male householders: 1,964 (414 living alone), Female householders: 2,019 (400 living alone)
  • 2,538 spouses (2,520 opposite-sex spouses), 259 unmarried partners, (251 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 1,396 children (1,336 natural, 27 adopted, 29 stepchildren), 147 grandchildren, 72 brothers or sisters, 31 parents, 16 foster children, 39 other relatives, 58 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 387

Size of family households: 2,067 2-persons, 307 3-persons, 373 4-persons, 105 5-persons, 42 6-persons, 10 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 821 1-person, 212 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 4 5-persons.

697 married couples with children.
298 single-parent households (26 men, 272 women).

95.8% of residents of Custer speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (52% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 36% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (53% speak English very well, 47% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (93% speak English very well, 7% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (93% speak English very well, 7% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $68,299,000 ($8,911 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,234,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $26,646,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $5,949,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $646,000
Federal grants: $19,761,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,130,000 ($35,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,166,000 ($1,334,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,327,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,196,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,988,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 353
Here:

45 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 364
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +651
Here +82 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Custer County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.45 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built in Custer County, South Dakota
  • Year house built in Custer County, South Dakota
  • 3692014 or later
  • 1972010 to 2013
  • 1,0902000 to 2009
  • 8441990 to 1999
  • 4831980 to 1989
  • 6961970 to 1979
  • 1721960 to 1969
  • 4241950 to 1959
  • 2631940 to 1949
  • 7671939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Custer County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Custer County, South Dakota
  • 211 room
  • 572 rooms
  • 1673 rooms
  • 3434 rooms
  • 6695 rooms
  • 5196 rooms
  • 5407 rooms
  • 4718 rooms
  • 5349+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
  • 101 room
  • 152 rooms
  • 433 rooms
  • 2554 rooms
  • 1995 rooms
  • 406 rooms
  • 87 rooms
  • 278 rooms
  • 249+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Custer County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Custer County, South Dakota
  • 13no bedroom
  • 2161 bedroom
  • 8182 bedrooms
  • 1,5113 bedrooms
  • 6454 bedrooms
  • 1005+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Custer County, South Dakota
  • 19no bedroom
  • 461 bedroom
  • 3842 bedrooms
  • 1603 bedrooms
  • 184 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 22no vehicle
  • 4811 vehicle
  • 1,2592 vehicles
  • 8503 vehicles
  • 4974 vehicles
  • 2525+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 65no vehicle
  • 2791 vehicle
  • 2372 vehicles
  • 333 vehicles
  • 124 vehicles
  • 165+ vehicles

86.4% of Custer County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 29% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in South Dakota.

Custer County:

86.4%
State average:

84.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 3,910
  • Other state: 4,645
  • Northeast: 238
  • Midwest: 2,476
  • South: 506
  • West: 1,404
Year householders moved into unit in Custer County, SD
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Custer County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 38.5%Electricity
  • 34.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 20.1%Wood
  • 4.4%Utility gas
  • 1.7%Other fuel
  • 0.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 50.5%Electricity
  • 35.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.3%Wood
  • 6.0%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Other fuel
  • 1.1%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 33
Here:

6.9%
South Dakota:

10.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

2.1%
South Dakota:

11.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4
Here:

4.8%
South Dakota:

13.5%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Custer County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $685,000
    Air Transportation: $99,000
    Regular Highways: $53,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,296,000
    General - Other: $1,224,000
    Police Protection: $1,158,000
    Air Transportation: $646,000
    General Public Buildings: $459,000
    Financial Administration: $401,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $375,000
    Central Staff Services: $246,000
    Local Fire Protection: $243,000
    Libraries: $234,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $140,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $126,000
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $33,000
    Health - Other: $32,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $941,000
    General Local Government Support: $116,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $285,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,075,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,621,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $454,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $52,000
    Rents: $17,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $9,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $9,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,229,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $666,000
    Other: $561,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,072,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $166,000
    Other License: $110,000
    Other: $4,000

Custer County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $685,000
    Air Transportation: $99,000
    Regular Highways: $53,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,296,000
    General - Other: $1,224,000
    Police Protection: $1,158,000
    Air Transportation: $646,000
    General Public Buildings: $459,000
    Financial Administration: $401,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $375,000
    Central Staff Services: $246,000
    Local Fire Protection: $243,000
    Libraries: $234,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $140,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $126,000
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $33,000
    Health - Other: $32,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $941,000
    General Local Government Support: $116,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $285,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,075,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,621,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $454,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $52,000
    Rents: $17,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $9,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $9,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,229,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $666,000
    Other: $561,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,072,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $166,000
    Other License: $110,000
    Other: $4,000

Custer County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $685,000
    Air Transportation: $99,000
    Regular Highways: $53,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,296,000
    General - Other: $1,224,000
    Police Protection: $1,158,000
    Air Transportation: $646,000
    General Public Buildings: $459,000
    Financial Administration: $401,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $375,000
    Central Staff Services: $246,000
    Local Fire Protection: $243,000
    Libraries: $234,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $140,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $126,000
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $33,000
    Health - Other: $32,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $941,000
    General Local Government Support: $116,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $285,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,075,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,621,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $454,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $52,000
    Rents: $17,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $9,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $9,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,229,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $666,000
    Other: $561,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,072,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $166,000
    Other License: $110,000
    Other: $4,000

Custer County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $685,000
    Air Transportation: $99,000
    Regular Highways: $53,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,296,000
    General - Other: $1,224,000
    Police Protection: $1,158,000
    Air Transportation: $646,000
    General Public Buildings: $459,000
    Financial Administration: $401,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $375,000
    Central Staff Services: $246,000
    Local Fire Protection: $243,000
    Libraries: $234,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $140,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $126,000
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $33,000
    Health - Other: $32,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $941,000
    General Local Government Support: $116,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $285,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,075,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,621,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $454,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $52,000
    Rents: $17,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $9,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $9,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,229,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $666,000
    Other: $561,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,072,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $166,000
    Other License: $110,000
    Other: $4,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 106
  • Number of aged recipients: 10
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 96
  • Number of recipients under 18: 15
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 65
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 26
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 52
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 41
Most common first names in Custer County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5871.2 years
William4578.7 years
Robert3071.0 years
George2876.3 years
Mary2777.6 years
James2772.1 years
Charles2277.0 years
Helen2081.2 years
Alice2086.5 years
Paul2073.8 years
Most common last names in Custer County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson2072.5 years
Davis1776.9 years
Brown1479.2 years
Peterson1285.2 years
Smith1178.1 years
Scott1177.7 years
Walker979.7 years
Baker979.7 years
Jones875.3 years
Miller881.9 years
Businesses in Custer County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1Lane Furniture1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
Days Inn1Super 81
FedEx1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn1YMCA1

Custer County on our top lists:

  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"