• The City of Sturgis, Meade County, and the State of South Dakota have maintained consistent growth over the past 30 years. Unemployment remains significantly lower than national average. South Dakota is a “right-to-work” state, with a solid work ethic. Meade County workers enjoy a short commute time with an average of 19.9 minutes.

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    Year Sturgis Meade County South Dakota
    2015 6,741 (+1.7%) 26,986 (+5.8%) 858,469 (+5.2%)
    2010 6,627 25,434 814,180
    2000 6,442 24,253 754,844
    1990 5,330 21,878 696,004
    1980 5,184 20,717 690,768

     

    Source: quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/; JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics August 2016

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