The Growing Community of Summerset

Summerset is the third-fastest growing community in South Dakota located in the Piedmont Valley about halfway between Rapid City and Sturgis. This small neighborhood city with a population of 2029 / 1814 is located right off Interstate 90 at Exits 48 and 52. Summerset’s City Government offers its residents a state of the art sewer system, a police department and other customary city services.

Robust City

Summerset ImagesSummerset continues to expand its retail locations, commercial opportunities and real estate gems. Stage Stop Road/Exit 48 off Interstate 90 is the city’s main hub with a grocery store, hotel, used car dealership, restaurants, daycare centers, gas stations and several service companies, with a nearby retail strip mall and other businesses. 50+ new homes were built in 2013, with more under construction. A 75-acre tract of land is zoned for commercial development with access to city sewer, power and water services.

Meade School District is in the beginning stages of constructing a new middle school in Summerset to accommodate the growth of families.

Summerset Vision Statement: “The City of Summerset is a young community that was established to enhance the health, welfare, safety, economic opportunities, education opportunities and quality of life of its citizens.”

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Summerset, a Safe Haven

  • Summerset is an ideal location for growing families. Young neighborhoods develop social ties between both parents and children. Family-oriented services are aplenty.
  • Summerset’s award-winning public school district + large population of college-educated parents = community with high-academic values. (link to SCHOOLS tab)
  • Summerset has a high rate of owner-occupied single-family homes, reflecting a stable local kinship.
  • Summerset’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

It’s Always Sunny in Summerset!

  • solid school system
  • well-constructed homes
  • small-town neighborhoods
  • grocery store, gas station, hotel, shopping, dining
  • I-90 access via Stage Stop Road/Exit 48 and Peaceful Pines Road/Exit 52
  • Rapid City access via Sturgis Road

Housing Market Trends

  • Average Price: $233,578
  • Days on Market: 57
  • 2015 Home Sales: 164


  • Summerset Population: 2029 / 1814
  • Population Growth: 671.91% from 2005-2009
  • Median Age: 31.6
  • Median HHI: $71,417 at 2008-2012, a 12% increase from 2005-2009
  • Median House Price: $181,700 at 2008-2012, a 380.69% increase from 2005-2009
  • Temperature: High Point: July, 84.60 F; Low Point: January, 13.00 F

Fun Facts

Summerset is the 41st / 46th largest community in South Dakota with more residents who work in computers and math than 95% of other places in the US.

A mix of white- and blue-collar, Summerset is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, construction workers and builders.

  • Sales jobs (15.31%)
  • Office and administrative support (9.96%)
  • Management occupations (8.97%)

Summerset’s population is younger than most parts of the Black Hills. In 2012, nearly a third of the City’s 2,100 residents were age 17 or younger, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s. Median age was 27.8 years, compared with a statewide median of 37.1 years.

27.69% of adults 25 and older in Summerset have at least a bachelor’s degree. Overall education level is higher than the average US city of 21.84%.

Easy Access

Summerset is nestled between the Black Hills foothills and Interstate 90 via Exit 48, a growing shopping and dining hub, and Exit 52, a quick access to Sturgis Road into Rapid City. Head east on I-90 to Rushmore Mall or Rushmore Crossing within 5 minutes, or on to Box Elder (link to BOX ELDER page) and Ellsworth Air Force Base within 20 minutes. Head west on I-90 to find Sturgis in 20 minutes, Deadwood in 30 minutes, Terry Peak Ski Area in 40 minutes, Spearfish in less than 50.

School Information

Summerset’s award-winning public school district + large population of college-educated parents = community with high-academic values.

Black Hawk Elementary: Wonderful School!!! My boys have been going here since 1st grade and Kindergarten!! I have not had ANY problems with the staff or any of the students here! In fact, our oldest son (now an 8th grader) still LOVES to go back and see his “old teachers”!! Our youngest son is currently in 4th grade, and he loves his school as well!! I would have to say HANDS DOWN, this is one of the best schools in the state, as far as dedicated/caring staff are concerned!! – submitted by a parent @

More nearby schools include: Piedmont Valley Elementary, West Middle School, Sturgis Williams Middle School, Sturgis Brown High School, Stevens High School, Central High School, St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School and St. Thomas More High School.

Meade School District is in the beginning stages of constructing a new middle school in Summerset to accommodate the growth of families.

Note: Due to continuous school zone changes, enter address here to ensure proper school placement to find the most reason School/Busing information from the official Rapid City Schools website – sidebar: School/Busing Search.

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If you would like more information about Summerset, 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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