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Welcome to Spearfish ...

The city of Spearfish is located in Lawrence County<1>.

The location of Spearfish has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Spearfish has a population of 11,756 people<3> (see below for details).

Spearfish was established in 1876.

The community of Spearfish is 3,750 feet [1,143 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Spearfish is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Spearfish lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Spearfish: (605)

Websites for Spearfish ...

Official Website: www.city.spearfish.sd.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Spearfish had an population of 11,756 people. This is an increase of 12.03% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 36.6% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Spearfish had a population of 10,494 people (which is 43.55% of the total population of Lawrence County). This makes Spearfish the county's most populous community.

The population of Spearfish represents 1.29% of the population of South Dakota (which has 814,180 people), making it the state's 13th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,494 people, the population of Spearfish increased 21.94% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 8,606 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Spearfish.

Communities near Spearfish ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Spearfish.

  • Sturgis [Meade County]
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    • Sturgis [Meade County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Spearfish
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,922 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sturgis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sturgis<6>
  • Belle Fourche [Butte County]
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    • Belle Fourche [Butte County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the north of Spearfish
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle Fourche have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,702 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle Fourche
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belle Fourche<6>
  • Lead [Lawrence County]
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    • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,943 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<6>
  • Deadwood [Lawrence County]
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    • Deadwood [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,293 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deadwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deadwood<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Whitewood [Lawrence County]
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      • Whitewood [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the east of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2019: 979 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitewood<6>
    • Trojan [Lawrence County]
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      • Trojan [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 627 people
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    • Tinton [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tinton
      • Tinton [Lawrence County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 477 people
    • Lancaster City [Lawrence County] - Historic
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      • Lancaster City [Lawrence County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lancaster City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2014: 419 people
    • Saint Onge [Lawrence County]
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      • Saint Onge [Lawrence County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 342 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Onge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Onge<6>
    • Nisland [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nisland
      • Nisland [Butte County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nisland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2019: 225 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nisland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nisland<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Spearfish. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Spearfish.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Spearfish. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Spearfish.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Spearfish. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Spearfish.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Spearfish ...

Looking for more information about Spearfish? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Spearfish, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Spearfish.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lawrence County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spearfish: www.city.spearfish.sd.us/

The official website for Lawrence County: www.lawrence.sd.us/

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Dakota's counties, including Lawrence, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Spearfish.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Spearfish - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spearfish) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spearfish. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spearfish

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spearfish. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4889, Longitude: -103.8477       In this case, the coordinates for Spearfish have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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