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The holiday season is here, and Wall community members are spreading holiday cheer - $150,000 dollars worth!

The 2016 “Home for the Holidays” campaign showed once again that Wall community members support Wall’s local businesses. For every $100 spent in a participating local business, participants could enter a completed “punch card” to win one of 13 gift certificates. The campaign ran from November 7th – December 7th.

Each punch card represented $100 spent locally and there were over 1,500 punch cards submitted. This shows $150,000 in local spending during the campaign.

2016’s numbers almost doubled 2015’s “Home for the Holidays” punch card counts. In 2015, over 1,700 $50 punch cards were turned in, reflecting $87,000 in local spending.  

The “Home for the Holidays” campaign, organized by the Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Wall Economic Development Corporation, first came to Wall in 2015 as a way to encourage local shopping during the holiday season.

To learn more about Wall's "Home for the Holidays" campaign, visit the Wall news page. 

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:05

WEDC awarded $14,000 for Wall Archery Range

The Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in conjunction with the City of Wall, recently applied for and received $14,000 in funding to start the Wall Archery Range.

The Wall Archery Range will be a walking, 3-D archery range, located at the Wall Golf Course. WEDC held an “Archery Day” event in July in order to gauge community archery interest. Over 75 people attended the event. The great “Archery Day” attendance, coupled with positive community feedback and support, inspired WEDC to apply for funding to start Wall Archery Range.

The first grant award was a $10,000 Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter grant. The First Interstate Greater Wall Fund has awarded the Wall Archery Range project a $3,000 grant and the City of Wall has offered $1,000. 

To read more about the Wall Archery Range, visit the Wall news page. 

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A community meeting was held in Wall this week to discuss the impacts of the Cottonwood Fire as well as what resources are available to landowners and ranchers, reports KOTA TV News. State and local officials were present to help guide area residents through available resources.

Silvia Christen, executive director for the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association encouraged ranchers to visit with their local farm service agency, which hosts a variety of livestock assistance. The association has also applied for an Emergency Conservation Program, which may help defray the cost of rebuilding fences in the affected area.  

Donations are also being accepted at the First National Bank in Phillip. Anyone wishing to donate hay should contact the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

For more information on wildfires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive

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Monday, 17 October 2016 17:48

Cottonwood Fire Burns 31,000 Acres

Updated on October 17 at 4:30 p.m. MDT. 

The Cottonwood Fire, located between Philip and Wall, has burned across as many as 31,000 acres according to KOTA TV News, Rapid City Journal and a news release by Pennington County officials. As of 4:00 p.m. MDT, the fire is 75 percent contained and thought to be caused by human activity, although the official cause has not yet been determined. 137 head of cattle have been killed in the blaze. 

Officials have stated that travelers along Interstate 90 should remain alert for increased emergency vehicle traffic and thick smoke. 100 firefighters are currently on the fire, down from the original 300 reported.

To read about previous fires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:56

First "Wall in the Fall" a Fun Family Festival

The Wall Economic Development Corporation and Wall Badlands-Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to host the first “Wall in the Fall” event Sunday, October 2nd from 11 am – 5 pm, right off Wall’s famous Main Street. The event featured over 20 games and activities hosted or sponsored by Wall’s businesses, organizations, and high school groups. Local band Country Rush performed from 1 pm – 5 pm, allowing for event attendees to break out their dancing shoes and enjoy the day.

The goal of the event was to provide a fun, family activity for the community and showcase all the great things Wall has to offer beyond the traditional tourism season. 

"Wall is a great place to be in the fall," Cheyenne McGriff, the Executive Director of the Wall Economic Development Corporation said. "All Main Street businesses are open, the weather is great, the fall colors are beautiful throughout the area, and there are several opportunities for activity and recreation. We wanted to showcase this with the 'Wall in the Fall' event, and we believe it was a success!"

A few of the games and activities included: A “missile” shoot hosted by Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park “Sun Fun”, an appearance by Smokey Bear, a fall baking contest hosted by Golden West Telecommunications, pumpkin decorating, a cupcake and cookie walk and much more! Caramel apples, sno-cones, popcorn and other treats kept kids and adults alike snacking and playing all afternoon.

The Wall Economic Development Corporation and Wall Badlands-Area Chamber of Commerce were pleased with the turnout and positive feedback from the event. The groups plan to continue the event for years to come. You can find more photos and information about the "Wall in the Fall" event on the Wall Economic Development Corporation Facebook page. 

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Archery, family, fun, history, prizes and partnerships. These are just a few words that describe the inaugural Wall Archery Day event held Friday, July 29th at the Wall Golf Course. There were over 75 attendees made up of youth and adults who came from Wall, Philip and Kadoka.

Three South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officers provided bows, arrows and targets for youth participants and taught archery technique and safety.

Adults could also enjoy Archery Day fun. Several adults brought their own bows and arrows, and thanks to the Bad River Sportsman’s Club, they were able to shoot 3-D targets.

As an additional education and entertainment component, Luke Hittner, National Grasslands Visitor Center Assistant Director, demonstrated the atlatl, an ancient hunting weapon.

Attendees entered a drawing for a chance to win either a 3-D target or one of two SCHEELS $50 gift cards, all donated by SCHEELS

The idea for Archery Day came from Mayor Marty Huether. Aside from creating an event for community members to enjoy, another goal of Archery Day was to assess community interest in a permanent, 3-D, walking archery range.

“It was great to see the number of families out participating together in this great event,” Mayor Huether said. “I feel that a permanent range will provide individuals and families alike another activity they can enjoy for years to come and will be an added benefit to Wall and the surrounding area. Many thanks to all who helped make this possible!"

Read the entire article on the Wall City news page. 

If you would like to learn more about Archery Day, contact WEDC Executive Director Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or [email protected]

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Wall Celebrates Growth

The Wall Economic Development Corporation and City of Wall celebrated the opening of two new businesses and one business relocation Friday, June 17th. 

The first ribbon cutting was held at the Wall Car Care Center, LLC, formerly Wall Lube and Espresso. They offer oil changes, rock chip repair, car detail and other car care services. M&M Sales works out of the Wall Car Care Center and offers tire service and sales, flat beds, grill guards, and much more. Their normal hours are 7:30 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday, Saturday appointment only. The owners leave their cell phone numbers on the door to offer 24 hour emergency services. Earlier this year, representatives from both businesses attended "Small Business Beginnings" classes, hosted by the Badlands Bad River Economic Development Partnership. The classes were designed to help individuals learn how to start and grow a business.  

The Vintage Soule and Farm Bureau Financial Services are the first new businesses to have moved into the "Wall Mall," located at 115 6th Ave., the corner of Wall's Main Street. The large building had sat empty for several years. It is now under new ownership and experiencing growth. 

The Vintage Soule is a salon and boutique with tanning and massage services. The store features several unique pieces of furniture, home decor, jewelry, purses and clothing. The Vintage Soule celebrated their official grand opening in April. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, and Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm. 



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The Wall High School Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony, Saturday, May 21st, was an event full of accomplishment, encouragement and excitement. For graduates, graduation can mean the start of a new life in a new place with new people and new adventures. In a time of such transition, Mayor Marty Huether reminded the class that although change and new adventures are exciting, Wall is a wonderful place to call home.  

“You can go anywhere from here, and you should,” Mayor Huether told the graduates. “Go out into the world and experience life, and then, come back! Come back and set your roots deep in our community. We want you and we need you! We want you to come back for jobs, to start a business, to raise a family.”

Mayor Huether’s presentation was part of the first ever Mailbox Project, organized by The City of Wall, Wall Chamber of Commerce, Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wall High School and local businesses.

The City of Wall sponsored 19 mailboxes, one for each graduate. The mailboxes were decorated with each student’s last name, a blank address space, and “Wall, SD”. The idea is for graduates to fill in the address when they return to Wall. Inside each mailbox, graduates received a letter written by Mayor Huether, thank you letters from Wall City Council members, and various additions made by businesses and other community groups.

“We want to encourage our young people not to forget that their ideas and dreams are never too small,” Wall Chamber Director Cindy Schuler said. “They can get a great start right here in their hometown!”

The Mailbox Project partners are looking forward to feedback from this first time program.

“We hope it will make an impact in regards to long-term workforce development efforts,” Cheyenne McGriff, WEDC Executive Director said. “We want to focus on growing our own, and it starts with our students.”

“The Wall School District is excited to be a part of the Mailbox Initiative for our graduating seniors.  We wish them much success and hopefully a return to the Wall community at some point in their careers,” Wall Superintendent Cooper Garnos stated.  

If you would like to learn more about the Mailbox Project or any other workforce recruitment and development efforts, you can contact WEDC Executive Director Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or [email protected]

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The Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has made significant progress in the past seven months and is looking forward to the future of economic development.    

The WEDC received an official Certificate of Incorporation from the South Dakota Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs, on Monday, April 11. Becoming officially incorporated is not the only step the WEDC has taken recently. WEDC received $2,500 from a South Dakota Housing Development Authority cost-sharing incentive program to conduct a housing needs study. The City of Wall will provide the additional $2,500 matching funding. WEDC will work with Community Partners Research, Inc. of Faribault, Minn., who will conduct the study. WEDC hopes to begin the study in early June.    

Continue reading this article on the Pennington County Courant's website. To find out more about WEDC's progress, read the executive director's blog

If you would like to learn more about the goals of WEDC, have questions or comments, you can contact WEDC Executive Director Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or [email protected].

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:00

USFS Seeks Homestead Stories, Photos

South Dakotans are invited to share stories and photos from their families' homesteading histories with the U.S. Forest Service and the Center of Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

A public event set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall where people can share their stories and photos in an oral history project focused on land in the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Appointments are available for those unable to attend the event. 

The entire press release is provided below: 

Special Event for Grasslands Oral History Project

Wall, SD -- Do you have stories about homesteading you would like to share? At 4:30 p.m., Thursday April 7, the National Grasslands Visitor Center and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) will host a special event to celebrate the commencement of the Grasslands Oral History Project (GOHP) field season. Free hamburgers and bratwursts will be served at the NGVC beginning at 4:30 p.m. to those members of the community who would like to be a part of this special project.

The primary goal of the GOHP is to document homesteading history that occurred in this region before the creation of Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Dr. Matthew Douglass of the Center of Great Plains Studies at UNL and the NGVC Park Rangers will be conducting the interviews for the project.  

“We encourage individuals who can share information about homesteading in the local area, the relationship homesteaders had with the land, what they used the land for, and the conditions that have to do with the formation of the National Grasslands,” Dr. Matthew Douglass said. “Of particular interest are those who have documents and photographs about local homesteading history, or whose family has passed down information about life during the homestead era.”

Cheyenne McGriff, Wall Economic Development Director, had the chance participate in the oral history project when she worked as a Forest Service Park Ranger last summer.

“Participating in the oral history project encouraged me to learn more about my family’s homesteading history, something I had never researched before.” McGriff said. “Now, I feel an even deeper connection to my hometown and can share that story with friends, family, and visitors.”

The public is encouraged to visit the National Grasslands Visitor Center during the special event and interviews can be conducted at this time. If interested persons are unable to attend the event, Dr. Douglass will be happy to set up a separate time and location to meet. At home interviews can be conducted as well.

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall at 605-279-2125 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily or Dr. Matthew Douglass at 402-270-7220 or mdouglass3[email protected]

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Pennington County is unable to pay their library bill, according to a letter sent to area libraries by the county commissioners earlier this month. Back in 1998, Pennington County voters approved a measure for the county to provide library services. This was done through a contract with the city libraries, where Pennington County paid a portion of each library's operating costs in return for the libraries issuing cards to county residents. Now, according to the Rapid City Journal, the county does not presently have sufficient cash reserves to pay their library bill. The effect of this late payment varies from library to library. Wall Library receives $16,000 from the county, making up around half of their yearly budget. The Rapid City Public Libraries receives about 14.5% of their budget from the county, which amounts to $437,000.

There are still routes the commissioners can take to pay the bill. If they do not, the libraries will have to look at how they could make up the shortfall.

Currently, Pennington County residents can acquire Rapid City library cards at no cost. Without the agreement with the county, they would have to pay the same rate as nonresidents, $90 per year to use the library's services.

More stories on libraries can be found in the archive.

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Monday, 14 July 2014 18:55

Wall To Become Capital For A Day

In a press release from, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on July 14 that Wall has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 31 .

“I am pleased to announce this event in Wall and thank community leaders for offering to host it,” Gov. Daugaard said. “I look forward to becoming better acquainted with the people of Wall and learning about the issues that matter most to them.”

The governor’s activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour. The governor will hold a roundtable lunch for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.

“Thank you, Gov. Daugaard, for choosing the city of Wall as Capital for a Day. This is a wonderful blessing and honor. Democracy, freedom, and Christianity are what built South Dakota and America,” said recently retired Wall Mayor Dave Hahn. “We are proud to be citizens of the city of Wall, this great state of South Dakota and the fabulous United States of America.”

“On behalf of the community of Wall, I would like to thank Gov. Daugaard for bestowing the honor of ‘Capital for a Day’ upon us,” said newly elected Mayor Marty Huether. “I humbly look forward to hosting the governor and staff members and being able to showcase all that Wall has to offer.”

A complete agenda will be released at a later date.


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Mount Rushmore

This will be the fifth year that there will not be a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The show has been discontinued for the next 4-6 years over forest fire concerns. Dry conditions and pine beetles were also a factor in the decision not to have fireworks.

There are many Independence Day activities scheduled at Mount Rushmore on July 3rd and 4th.


The use of fireworks is not permitted in Rapid City or within a one-mile area surrounding the city, with the exception of certain novelty fireworks like party poppers, sparklers, toy caps, sparklers, and snappers. Fireworks are not allowed in the Black Hills Fire Protection District or other State and Federal lands.

Where permitted, fireworks can be set off legally, but regulations should be checked prior to the use of any fireworks. Even novelty fireworks have the potential for injury as well as the ignition of an uncontrolled fire. View the Rapid City and state laws pertaining to the use of fireworks as well as the definitions for novelty fireworks.


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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Tribal National Park Debate Visits Wall

The debate over whether to establish a tribally run national park in the south unit of Badlands National Park in southern South Dakota was discussed during a meeting on June 16in Wall, the Rapid City Journal reports.

The National Park Service must approve the new management model before any plans go into effect. However, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council created controversy within their community decdiding to cancel grazing leases on land bordering the proposed tribal park. 

Nebraska radio personality Lory Storm joined ranchers at the meeting who opposed the tribal council's plan.

Read the full story about what the Ogalala Sioux Tribal Council plans to do on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

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National Parks Service officials have proposed that a fee be charged for tours of the Minuteman Missile Facility. According to the Rapid City Journal, the fee would likely be $6 for adults and $4 for children 13-16.  The new revenue would go toward staffing, improvements, and the addition of an online reservation system.  These changes will complement the new $3.5 million visitor's center which is expected to open in July 2015.

Follow our archives for other tourism related news. 

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

Mountain Lion Killed in Wall City Limits

Game, Fish and Parks officials believe this is the first lion killed in Wall.

Male mountain lions often venture out from the Black Hills looking for territory.
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Game, Fish and Parks officers killed a healthy 91-pound male mountain lion in Wall city limits Dec. 9, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The animal crawled into a hole and did not emerge when smoke bombs were dropped in but only after crews began excavating the spot.

While lions largely live in the Black Hills, he said young males sometimes stray onto the plains in search of new territory. The Cheyenne River, near Wall, is considered a "lion corridor."

Learn more about mountain lions, from basic facts about the species to hunting information, from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.

Read more in the Black Hills Knowledge Network archives.


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Thursday, 08 December 2011 00:00

Wall - Demographics & Population

Information on population, jobs, income, poverty, race, and age about your community can be hard to find all in one place. With the help of our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard we have compiled the following demographic highlights for your convenience.  This data is sourced from various federal and state sources and is from the most recent year possible.

                                          Wall Pennington County South Dakota
Total Population 2016: 872 109,372 865,454
Population Growth from 2015-2016: -0.5%  0.7% 0.9%
Median Age 2015: 38.4 38.2 36.9
Median Household Income 2015: $45,781 $48,379 $50,979
Poverty Rate 2015: 7.5% 14.1% 14.2%
*Housing Cost Burden 2015: 50.0% 30.2% 24.0%

*Housing cost burden is the share of households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing.

For more detailed information, please visit our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard. Find more facts about Wall via the U.S. Census FactFinder.

Wall City Profile

Learn more about Wall in the infographic below and at the South Dakota Dashboard City Profile

2016 Wall City Profile

Source: U.S Census Bureau American Community Survey, 2011-2015. 

More Information 

For more data and graphs on the demographics of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our sister project, the South Dakota Dashboard, for interactive graphs and charts.

City Profiles – Find total population, racial breakdown, gender breakdown, poverty rates, disability rates, home ownership rates, housing cost burden data, median income, median age and more for other South Dakota cities and towns on the South Dakota Dashboard.

Demographics – Find charts about population trends, age, race and children and youth.

Economy – Find charts on South Dakota’s economic output (GDP), jobs, gross sales and tourism tax.

Health – Review charts on health statistics including obesity, diabetes, health insurance coverage and disabilities.

Housing – Learn about housing cost burden and homeownerships rates in South Dakota.

Workforce – View charts on educational attainment and proportion of adults working in the Rushmore State.

Incomes – Review charts for median incomes and poverty rates in South Dakota. 




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Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:00

Wall - Work & Economy

Wall's economy is driven by tourism, the needs of the surrounding agricultural community, government employment and the headquarters operations of Golden West Telecommunications. According to the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Wall School District is the leading employer with 70 employees. Golden West employs 60 people and Wall Drug approximately 50. A general profile of the Wall community and its economic characteristics can be created at the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development website.

Contact the Wall Economic Development Director Cheyenne McGriff at (605) 279-2658. 

The Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce  provides statistics and information useful to businesses considering locating in Wall and can be reached at can be reached at (605) 279-2665. Executive director is Cindy Schuler.

Gross Sales Revenue

Pennington County ranked 2nd in South Dakota for gross sales revenue in 2016, generating $6,551,735,881, as reported by the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Highest grossing sectors included Retail Trade ($3.11 billion), Services ($2.17 billion), and Transportation and Public Utilities ($430.0 million). Taxable sales in Pennington County exceeded $2.9 billion in 2016, according to the South Dakota Department of Revenue.


Wall has a potential labor force of 567 with 377 civilians in the labor force according to the 2015 U.S. Census American Community Survey. This gives a labor force participation rate of 66.5 percent.  Of these, 369 are employed, making Wall’s unemployment rate 1.4 percent.

According to Data USA, the most common industries in Wall are accommodations & food services, construction, information, retail trade, and educational services.

Pennington County has a total of 55,556 jobs as of 2015 and 76.2 percent of adults are working, more than the national average of 68.7 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the county's total labor force in May of 2016 was 53,857, with 1,468 people or 2.7 percent listed as unemployed.

Income & Wages

The median household income for families in Wall in 2015 was $45,000. This is lower than the Pennington County median of $52,217, and both the South Dakota median of $53,017 and the United States median of $55,775.

In Wall 8.6 percent of residents live below the poverty line. This is half the county rate of 14.1, the state rate of 13.7, and the national rate of 14.7 percent.

Out of Pennington County’s total 41,670 households, 12,016 or 29.6 percent, pay 30 percent or more of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as housing cost burden. Pennington County ranks 61st of 66 counties in this category. This is higher that South Dakota’s Housing Cost Burden at 24.5 percent, but lower than the national rate of 33.3 percent.

Agriculture & Resources

Despite the growth of the urban population around Rapid City, agriculture continues to play an important role in Pennington County's economy. 

There were 599 farms in Pennington County totaling 1,074,103 acres according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census. The average farm or ranch was 1,793 acres. The number of farms engaged in cattle production was 325. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms devoted to agriculture decreased by 9 percent. The market value of agricultural products sold in the county rose 17 percent, to $65,746,000 from $56,038,000 in 2007. Livestock accounted for 55 percent of all sales. 76 percent of farmland was devoted to pasture in Pennington County. The amount of government payments farms received totaled $2,942,000, down by 10 percent since 2007. The average principal operator of a farm was 59 years old and was most likely male and white. 19 Native Americans and 74 women were principal operators of farms. Pennington County was ranked 8th for winter wheat production in the state and 13th for horse and pony production.

For more information on agriculture in Pennington County, see the county profile at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website. Explore more information at and Rural Life and Census Data at SDSU, Brookings, SD. 

Environment & Conservation

Located in Rapid City, the Pennington County Conservation District was established in 1940 and serves a large portion of Western South Dakota. The current district covers 980,425 acres, including federal land and townships located within the district boundaries.


Pennington County ranks 48th of 66 counties in South Dakota for homeownership, with 67.0 percent of homes owned occupied. This is lower than both the national rate, 63.0 percent, and the state rate of 68.2 percent. Only 27,909 households out of 41,670 total households are owner occupied.

Out of Pennington County’s total 41,670 households,12,016 or 29.6 percent, pay 30 percent or more of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as housing cost burden. Pennington County ranks 61st of 66 counties in this category. This is higher that South Dakota’s Housing Cost Burden at 24.5 percent, but lower than the national rate of 33.3 percent.


Pennington County ranks 1st of 66 counties in South Dakota for real taxable tourism sales, with $ 227,262,434. That amount represented 27.4 percent of the state’s total. To see where other counties rank, see our chart on the South Dakota Dashboard.

According to Data USA, the most common industries in Wall are Accommodations & Food Services, Construction, Information, Retail Trade, and Health & Social Assistance.

More Information

For more data on the economies of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our interactive graphs and charts at the South Dakota Dashboard.

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Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:00

Wall - Health & Wellness

Pennington County ranks 39th out of 66 counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2016. 

Residents of Pennington County tend to smoke more than the national average, but has a slightly lower smoking rate than South Dakota. In 2016, 18 percent of Pennington County smoked compared to 19 percent state wide and 14 percent nationally. 

Obesity in Pennington County is at 28 percent, slightly lower than the state average of 30 percent but higher than the nation average of 25 percent. 

The teen birth rate in Pennington County is 46 per 1,000 females ages 15-19, higher than both the state average of 36 per 1,000 females and the national average of 19 per 1,000 females. 

The percentage of children in Pennington County that live in poverty is 19 percent, a little higher than the state average of 18 percent but much higher than the national average of 13 percent. 

The rate of STDs in Pennington County is significantly higher than both the state and national rates. A reported 576 per 100,000 people in Pennington County have an STD, compared to 471 per 100,000 people in the state and 134 per 100,000 people in the nation. 

Premature death in Pennington County is 6,600 per 100,000 people, slightly lower than the state rate of 6,800 per 100,000 people and much higher than the national average of 5,200 per 100,000 people. 

In Pennington County, 12 percent of residents report poor health, the same as the national percentage and only one percent lower than the state percentage. The amount of poor physical and mental health days is similar to the state and national averages.

Pennington County residents are as likely to be without health insurance as South Dakota residents, with both populations having 13 percent uninsured. The national average is 11 percent. 

For the full list of factors and to compare Pennington County data to other counties, visit this site, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Hospitals & Clinics

Wall Medical Clinic is operated by Regional Health and offers family health services, as well as some additional services.

The nearest hospital, the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital, is located 30 miles away in Philip. The other hospital, Fall River Hospital, is located in Hot Springs.

Fitness & Recreation

Located between the Badlands National Park and South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills, Wall has a wide variety of recreation opportunities available to both residents and visitors. Visit the Badlands for hiking or camping or enjoy any of the city’s other attractions. Fish in either the Old Town or New Town Dams, explore the Wall City Park or Swimming Pool, work out at the Power House, or utilize local the baseball fields, golf course, shooting range, or rodeo grounds.

More Information

Rapid City/Pennington County Alcohol & Drug Programs: City/County Alcohol & Drug Programs offer a total of 32 residential detox beds for adult males and females and provide 24-hour medical supervision, observation, and support for clients who are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal. Services are provided by trained nursing staff and emergency medical technicians under the oversight of our medical physician director. Detox partners CCADP, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Sioux San Indian Health Services to find cost-effective ways to provide adequate care to clients.

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out the South Dakota Dashboard’s collection of interactive graphs and charts.

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Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:00

Wall - Government Life & Citizenship

Local Government

Wall is governed by an aldermanic form of government, the Wall City Council. This council includes six members, two elected from each ward in the community. The mayor is elected at large. Each council person serves a staggered two-year term. City Council agendas are available on the city's website, as are meeting minutesCity ordinances regulate municipal operations and a host of issues relating to public safety. The Wall City Council meetings are held in the Community Center meeting room at 501 Main Street. Regular meetings are scheduled at 6:30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Wall’s Finance Officer is Carolynn Anderson, who can be reached at (605) 279-2663 or [email protected] Assistant Finance Officer/Chamber Director Cindy Schuler can be reached at (605) 279-2665 or [email protected] Public Works Director Garrett Bryan can be reached at (605) 515-4138 or [email protected]


Find Pennington County Election Information here and see results from recent elections at the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.

Public Safety

Wall contracts with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services. The Wall Police Station is located at 411 Main Street. Fire Services are provided by the Wall Volunteer Fire Department, located at 120 Fourth Avenue.

Veterans & Military Affairs

The Pennington County Veterans Service Office assists area veterans and their dependents and survivors in applying for veterans' benefits including benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of South Dakota.

More Information

Drinking Water Study: In an arid region, water is a critical municipal issue. In 2010, the City of Wall released a report on drinking water in the community. Drawing on local wells, the city serves more than 818 customers an average of 165,300 gallons of water per day. The study found that the relative susceptibility of Wall's drinking water supply to contamination is low.

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525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
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