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3 he popular refrain, “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day,” could well have been written about Custer County, South Dakota. It was gold that brought the first settlers to Custer County, as they followed the wagon tracks of the 1,000-strong 1874 Expedition led by Lt. Col. George A. Custer. But it has other, less tangible lures enticing residents to the area today: spectacular scenery, a wide variety of recreational opportunities, world- class attractions, a healthy environment, a sense of community and an indefinable essence which is often described as an aura of spirituality. Surrounded by 1.2 million acres of the T Community Profile County Seat: Custer City (established 1875) Oldest City in the Black Hills Elevation: 5,318 Feet Average Temp: High: 56F Low 32F Average summer temperature: 62.2 degrees Average winter temperature: 29.2 degrees Avg. Coldest Month: High 37F Low15F (January) Avg. Warmest Month: High 80F Low 54F (July) Average Precipitation: 19.68” Average Growing Season: May - September Demographics Population (2018) Median Age Median Household Income (2018) City 1,956 47.7 $42,550 County 8,446 53.9 $52,891 Black Hills National Forest, Custer City has three city parks, ball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball and tennis courts, community swimming pool, nine-hole public golf course, disc golf course, skateboard park and aero- bics/activities at the YMCA. As one Custer High School graduate, who now lives and works in Texas, said, “I miss the Hills very much. The air is so different from anywhere else. It makes you feel more alive, and every day you wake up in the Hills, there always seems to be this scent of fresh- ness or newness, like a new experience or adventure to be found. It’s almost magical, and in a lot of ways it’s just downright sa- cred. I was so fortunate to grow up in such a great place within a good community.” For those of us who are fortunate enough to live and work here, it truly is the gold at the end of the rainbow. Leading Employers Regional Health Custer Hospital 200 Black Hills National Forest 130 Custer School District 167 Custer County 71 Lynn’s Dakotamart 45 Crazy Horse Memorial 220 (summer) Custer State Park 105 (summer) Custer Hospitality 150 (summer) Labor Management Relations South Dakota is a right to work state. Percentage of workers organized All workers 0% Manufacturing 0% Taxation Sales Tax State - 4.5% Local 2% Tourism 1.5% B&B - 1% Tax Structure City Mill Levy Tax: Owner occupied 5.95 per 1,000 % of Full Value Assessed: 100% Education Custer School District (605) 673-3154 Pupil: Teacher Ratio 13:1 Elementary: 1 school, enrollment 341 Jr./Sr. High School: 1 school, enrollment 350 Hermosa: 1 school, enrollment 204 Water City of Custer 605-673-4824 Source: Well Wastewater City of Custer 605-673-4824 Type of treatment: Lagoon-primary Government Type of Local Government: Mayor & City Council Sheriff’s Office: 18 (including reserves) Fire Department Personnel: 25 Volunteers Fire Insurance Rating: Class 5 city 5Y outside city limits City Zoning Ordinance: Yes County Zoning Ordinance: No Percentage of City Paved Streets: 95% Ambulance Service: 21 members Housing Average monthly rent for 2 bedroom house: $700-$750 Average monthly rent for 2 bedroom apart- ment: $750-$850 Average cost of homes (purchase price): $140,000 city; $163,500 county