Living in Sturgis

Sturgis is a GREAT place to live, work, and raise a family! With a population of 6,627 as of the 2010 census, it has an ideal, small-town quality with many of the amenities of more populous locations. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union Civil War General Samuel D. Sturgis.

Living in Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota is home to a great school system, beautiful views, friendly people, and countless opportunities for recreation, social living, and family fun. Browse some of our hometown highlights below and learn why Sturgis is a GREAT place to live, work, and raise a family!

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Sturgis is proud to be the home of Meade 46-1 School District, encompassing all of Meade County. The Sturgis area is comprised of the following schools:

Our schools are dedicated to STEAM-focused education and strive for a strong teacher-to-student ratio in classrooms. Students are provided the tools for success, from a wide variety of athletic and club activities to modern technology and programs for skills development. Click below to learn more about our Meade 46-1 schools:

Meade 46-1 School District Website


With a steadily-increasing population and several recent new developments, it's clear that Sturgis is a destination community for new residents from all walks of life! Explore some of our most recent housing initiatives, including the newly-completed Dolan Creek Development, the Garden Grove Development, and the in-progress Davenport Development. Click below to view a recent article from the Sturgis Economic Development Corporation on Sturgis's growth and upcoming housing projects:

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Peace of Mind

Safety and security are important factors in choosing where to live, work, and raise a family, and Sturgis repeatedly makes the cut. For small towns (those with a population of less than 150,000), Sperling’s BestPlaces looked at factors such as crime statistics, natural disaster risks, air quality, environmental hazards, housing depreciation, life expectancy, and more. Sturgis was ranked #14 in 2010 and #13 in 2011. 

The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and entire Sturgis community are proud to support our local Sturgis Police Department, Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, and Sturgis Ambulance.

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Fitness & Sports

Looking for an active community with plenty of outdoor recreation spaces and fitness facilities? Look no further than Sturgis, SD. Our Sturgis Community Center offers a fitness facility without the pricetag - enjoy an 8-lane indoor pool with a hot tub and slide, weight and cardio rooms, a gym, walking track, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and more for an affordable monthly membership or punch card.

If personal training and monitored access is more your style, check out our fitness member businesses including FLEX FitnessNorthern Hills Gymnastics Academy, and Twisted Canyon CrossFit. These are world-class facilities with regular training schedules, quality equipment, professional trainers, and even a Ninja Warrior program!

Finally, be sure to visit the Sturgis Soccer Fields, Woodle Track & Field, the Sturgis Baseball Complex, and the many hiking and mountain biking trails in the Sturgis Trail System. Our community is a "bike in, bike out" town, meaning you can hop on a trail within city limits and find yourself immersed in National Forest within minutes.


One important factor in selecting a community in which to live is the quality and abundance of childcare options. Sturgis features a number of home and commercial daycares, afterschool programs, preschools, church-organized facilities, and more. Click below to download a current list of contact information for our various childcare options:

Sturgis Childcare Facilities

Family Activities

Surrounded by beautiful hills and prairie and boasting a number of parks and recreational facilities, Sturgis will keep your family entertained and active! Here are some of our favorite family-friendly activities throughout the year (contact us for even more activities!):

Arts Enrichment

A thriving arts scene is critical in creating a welcoming, vibrant community. Sturgis is lucky enough to feature several active arts organizations offering fine arts education through classes and lessons, as well as community arts appreciation events, concerts, and exhibits. Click below to learn more about the Sturgis Area Arts Council, Sturgis Center for the Arts, our Sturgis Art Walk, and more:

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