Custer, South Dakota Population 2024

1,889

Custer is a city located in Custer County and Pennington County South Dakota. Custer has a 2024 population of 1,889. Custer is currently declining at a rate of -0.26% annually and its population has decreased by -1.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,911 in 2020.

The average household income in Custer is $82,474 with a poverty rate of 16.2%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Custer is 57.6 years, 54.8 years for males, and 58.9 years for females.

Custer Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Custer was:

  • White: 92.66%
  • Native American: 3.03%
  • Two or more races: 1.57%
  • Black or African American: 1.13%
  • Other race: 0.88%
  • Asian: 0.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
2.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
761.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.15% (-22)
The current population of Custer, South Dakota is 1,889 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,911.

Custer, South Dakota Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,89392.66%
Native American623.03%
Two or more races321.57%
Black or African American231.13%
Other race180.88%
Asian150.73%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Native American

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Custer Population by Race

Custer Population Pyramid 2024

Custer Median Age

57.6

Total

54.8

Male

58.9

Female

Custer Adults

There are 1,782 adults, (744 of whom are seniors) in Custer.

Custer Age Dependency

96.8

Age Dependency Ratio

71.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Custer Sex Ratio

Female1,11054.33%
Male93345.67%

Custer Population by Age

Custer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9831.936535
Married4472.3782.117.9
Non Family3851.0853.846.2
Female853.2432.967.1
Male662.2356.143.9

2.36

Average Family Size

1.93

Average Household Size

65.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Custer Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade281.69%
9th to 12th Grade855.13%
High School Graduate55233.33%
Some College40024.15%
Associates Degree1187.13%
Bachelors Degree32219.44%
Graduate Degree1519.12%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Custer Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Custer Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,5191,452442
Native American621919
Hispanic43430
Other Race18180
Asian151512
2+ Races11110
Black630

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 80%.

Custer Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$43,000$57,039$31,028
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
High School Graduate$36,250$57,237$22,321
Some College$30,417$24,375$30,985
Bachelors Degree$65,938$65,208$66,375
Graduate Degree$77,500$77,292$0

$43,000

Average Earnings

$57,039

Average Male

$31,028

Average Female

Custer Earnings by Educational Attainment

Custer Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Custer Language

96.16% of Custer residents speak only English, while 3.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.43% of the population.

Custer Language

Custer Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,75223913.64%
Native624369.35%
Hispanic552545.45%
Multiple25624%

16.2%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.22%

Male Poverty Rate

18.8%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Custer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Custer is Native, with 69.35% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Custer is White, with 13.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.03%.

Custer Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade46.9%
High School14.82%
Some College7.28%
Bachelors or Greater3.79%

Custer Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed100%
Male Unemployed74.29%
Female Employed14.19%
Male Employed6.58%

Custer Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Custer Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$66,141$82,474
Families$78,769$103,125
Married Families$87,958$-999,999,999
Non Families$32,132$46,886

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Custer Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.3%

Male Marriage Rate

50.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Custer Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Custer Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Custer Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Custer Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

283

Number of Veterans

241

Male Veterans

42

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam86
First Gulf War82
Korea16
Second Gulf War14
World War II0

Custer Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 5487
65 to 7466
55 to 6465
75+65
18 to 340

Custer Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White26215.73%
Hispanic3172.09%
Other Race18100%
Black330%

Custer Veterans by Race

Custer Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

17.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.77%

Veteran Disability Rate

Custer Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.4%

Labor Force Participation

50.2%

Employment Rate

4.1%

Unemployment Rate

Custer Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Custer Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Custer Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

47.33%

Born in Custer

98.19%

Native Born

1.81%

Foreign Born

0.78%

Non Citizen

1.03%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.19% of Custer residents were born in the United States, with 47.33% having been born in South Dakota. 0.78% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Custer Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,861-6-0.32%
20281,867-5-0.27%
20271,872-6-0.32%
20261,878-5-0.27%
20251,883-6-0.32%
20241,889-5-0.26%
20231,894-6-0.32%
20221,90020.11%
20211,898-13-0.68%
20201,911-44-2.25%
20191,95590.46%
20181,94630.15%
20171,943-6-0.31%
20161,94930.15%
20151,946-16-0.82%
20141,962-32-1.6%
20131,99460.3%
20121,988-30-1.49%
20112,01830.15%
20102,01500%

Custer Population by Year