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Sturgis, South Dakota
—  City  —
Bikes lined up on Main Street during Bike Week.
Location in Meade County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°24′37″N 103°31′7″W / 44.41028°N 103.51861°W / 44.41028; -103.51861
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Meade
 - Mayor Maury LaRue
 - Total 3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Land 3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,422 ft (1,043 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,442
 - Density 1,741.1/sq mi (664.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 57785
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-62100[1]
GNIS feature ID 1265387[2]

Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,442 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Meade County[3].

Sturgis is most famous for being the location of one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world, which is held annually on the first full week of August. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world flock to this usually sleepy town during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.


Points of interest

"Kinship" at the Sturgis Community Center, "General Samuel D. Sturgis" at the Hills and Plains Park at the east entrance to town, "Jesus in the Garden" at the First United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, "St. Francis of Assisi" at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and a new abstract sculpture in front of the Sturgis Public Library.


Sturgis is located at 44°24′37″N 103°31′7″W / 44.41028°N 103.51861°W / 44.41028; -103.51861 (44.410322, -103.518486)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7km² (3.7sq mi), all land.

Sturgis has been assigned the ZIP code 57785, and the FIPS place code 62100.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,442 people, 2,738 households, and 1,708 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,723.6 people per square mile (665.0/km²). There were 2,989 housing units at an average density of 799.7/sq mi (308.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.80% White, 0.20% African American, 2.48% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 2,738 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,253, and the median income for a family was $38,698. Males had a median income of $25,856 versus $18,582 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,763. About 11.0% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Cold War

As part of the vast Ellsworth Air Force Base complex, the land north of Sturgis was dotted with 50 Minuteman missile silos, with the closest (L5) only 3.5 miles from the center of the town.


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