Box Elder

Box Elder is Booming

Box Elder is a thriving town in western South Dakota, exploding in population stats and job opportunities.

It’s appropriately named after Boxelder Creek, a tributary that originates in Elbert County, CO, joins the South Platte River near Kersey, CO then becomes the outskirts playground stream to 9,093 residents (92% urban, 8% rural) of Box Elder, SD who enjoy fishing, swimming and hiking.

Enjoy the rolling grass prairie cut with the cold waters of a Colorado creek, and the endless blue skies occasionally decorated with awesome Air Force aeronautics. Box Elder provide: a solid school system, affordable homes, small town community, abundant outdoor recreation, the largest West River employer, and easy access to I-90.

In Box Elder, you get to its daily simplicity with the quick convenience of Rapid City. Head southwest a couple of miles and you’ll find yourself in downtown Rapid City, where dining, entertainment, recreation and shopping never cease.

The City of Box Elder’s events and info are announced on their Facebook page.

Things To Do, Places to See

Housing Market Trends

  • Average Price: $203,243
  • Days on Market: 33
  • 2015 Home Sales: 60


  • Box Elder Population: 9,093 [increased by 220.1% from 2000 – 2013]
  • High Point: July, 84.60 F
  • Low Point: January, 13.00 F

Military Pride

Many residents are soldiers stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB), located on the north end of Box Elder. EAFB personnel takes pride in creating local job opportunities. The total annual economic impact of EAFB on Black Hills surrounding communities reached nearly $353 million in 2011.

Meanwhile, Ellsworth Airmen remained engaged in combat operations overseas that same year. Ellsworth’s B-1s flew more than 15,000 hours, with a mission effectiveness rate of 98.83 percent. They filled 3,000 Joint Tactical Air Requests and responded to 432 troops-in-contact situations, providing B-1 top cover to American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines under enemy fire in Afghanistan.

“Ellsworth and its Airmen continue to benefit from an atmosphere of mutual respect and economic progress with our community partners throughout the Black Hills. As the largest employer in the West River region and the second largest employer in the state, we take great pride in the tremendous positive influence we have made –and continue to make –since our humble beginnings in 1942. We are extremely proud of the thriving relationship we enjoy with our neighbors and look forward to continuing our legacy of providing significant, positive economic influence for many years to come.”

Commander, 28th Bomb Wing
Ellsworth Air Force Economic Impact Analysis 2011

Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do

Near the Ellsworth entrance is the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, an educational attraction for all ages: tours of the local Ellsworth Air Force Base, kids’ learning adventures, once-in-a-lifetime Black Hills events, and more. Box Elder is a military family woven into a civilian culture.

School Information

Douglas School District encompasses six schools, including the highly ranked Francis Case Elementary and Douglas High School.

This is a wonderful school and they have some of the best teachers around. I am glad my son is able to attend this excellent school. The school provides an excellent curriculum that includes computer classes, art, music, physical education, and a gifted program. – submitted by a parent @ Francis Case Elementary (

We love Douglas Middle School! My daughter is a 7th grade student at Douglas and loves being there. The teachers are very attentive with each students teaching needs. My daughter is on an IEP. As soon as we enrolled her with all the proper documentation, it took no time at all to get her in the classes to accommodate her special needs!! The kids love their Principal and he’s always involved with the kids after school activities. He’s always at a game cheering them on!! This school doesn’t tolerate bullying of any kind!! Kids are constantly reminded about our school being a tobacco & drug free environment! The sports we have in the school are also amazing!! As a parent of two children, I highly recommend this school. Not only did we move to Box Elder to enroll our kids in the school District for the best education, so did 3 other families we know!!! GO PATRIOTS!!  – submitted by a parent @ Douglas Middle School  (

Box Elder is part of the Douglas School District. For more information on the Douglas schools visit their website at:

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If you would like more information about Box Elder, or any other communities in our area, please contact us at (605) 939-0508. The Kahler Team is your choice for real estate in Rapid City and the Black Hills.


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