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Box Elder

The City of Box Elder, South Dakota is home to the Ellsworth Air Force base and welcomes you to the Gateway of the Black Hills.


Welcome to one of the most progressive cities in western South Dakota. Box Elder is moving forward in so many ways –
from construction in 7 subdivisions, our NEW Liberty Center, a NEW 3 basketball court sports & event center, a brand new high school and elementary school, and a 30-acre master park.


Box Elder is a city in Pennington and Meade counties in the State of South Dakota. The population was 11,746 according to the 2020 census, making it the 11th most populous city in South Dakota. Ellsworth Air Force Base lies on the northeast side of the city. Box Elder was named after nearby Box elder Creek.


The unemployment rate in Box Elder is 3.4% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Box Elder jobs have increased by 2.5%.  



Compared to the rest of the country, Box Elder’s cost of living is 4.1% lower than the U.S. average.  



August, July, and June are the most pleasant months in Box Elder, while January and February are the least comfortable months. 

Drive Times


  • US Hwy 14
  • US Hwy 16
  • US Hwy 85
  • US Hwy 385
  • WY Hwy 24
  • WY Hwy 585
  • WY Hwy 111


  • Greyhound Bus station locations
  • 1. Gillette, WY
  • 2. Spearfish, SD
  • 3. Rapid City, SD


  • Rapid City Regional Airport – 9 miles
  • Gillette-Campbell Regional Airport - 153 miles
  • Black Hills Municipal Airport - 52 miles
  • Belle Fourche Municipal Airport - 66 miles
  • Hulett Municipal Airport – 105 miles
  • Custer County Airfield - 53 miles
Commuter Info
Score Your Home
Activities & Attractions

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Bars, Breweries & Wineries

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With Us

Call the office at 307.467.6000 or you can text/call 605.569.3838. You may also enter your information below and we will contact you.

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