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What Is It Like to Live in Piedmont, South Dakota?

Main Street Piedmont SDThe short answer is, Piedmont is a great place to live, play, learn, explore, grow, and still remain relaxed and safe.

Piedmont is a place where oncoming drivers wave at you.  Where shoppers in the checkout line at Haggar's Grocery turn to make eye contact, smile, and really do care about "How are you are doing?"  Where you can buy a bluetooth headset for your phone and hay for your horse at the same store.  Where the Postmistress at the Piedmont Post Office  knows you by name.  Where the GenPro Renewable Energy solar technology store is right next to a construction company that still uses logs to build homes.  Where you're 1 minute from 1,000 miles of secluded hiking trails and 30 minutes from a world class hospital with top notch cardiovascular care, and many medical specialty centers and institutes.  

Sound too good?  Not at all.  Read on...

Where is Piedmont, SD?

Piedmont is not one of those "towns" that is simply a defined portion of suburbia swallowed up by a surrounding city.  Piedmont is just far enough up the Interstate to be a truly separate town, yet close enough to allow commutes averaging 20 minutes.  On commutes to Rapid City to the south or Sturgis to the north you pass grazing horses and rocky canyons, not racing cars and concrete canyons.

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In Piedmont, you can still see and feel how this tiny town is just one step up from the old "cow town" village where ranchers continued to drive cattle down Main Street after it became more than a cattle-drive path.  (That is why the gravel city streets are so wide.)

From high rock canyon cliffs to gentle meadows, forested hills to rolling prairies, low-tech cattle grazing to high-tech genetic science, youth rodeo to outstanding Senior Center, the area known as Piedmont enjoys it all. For many residents, their second car is a horse parked right out the back door.  This quiet community is situated on the eastern side of the Black Hills, approximately 11 miles from the western edge of Rapid City and 14 miles south of Sturgis along Interstate 90 in Meade County. 

How Large is Piedmont, SD?

home in piedmont sdThe map makers pin-point "Piedmont" as the little unincorporated town four blocks by four blocks in size, (just over 1/4 square mile), located at about mile marker 45 on I-90.  But locals consider "Piedmont" to be a large region of the larger Meade County. In fact, "Piedmont Valley," the area served by the U.S. Post Office's Piedmont station, covers roughly 100 square miles!  (Meade County covers 3500 square miles, with only 25,000 population (cattle outnumber people)).  Officially, the population was 2,900 at last count, but that includes Piedmont's "suburbia" where neighborhoods extend beyond the original 


What Businesses and Services Are Near Piedmont, SD?

Many of the general services a family might need can be taken care of right in Piedmont. There is a dentist in town, Dr. Kenneth Vanasma, as well as the Elk Creek Valley Mart for your grocery needs with a Conoco connected to the property. Not very far away is Spring Valley Mini Storage handy for storing excess goods. 


country corner cafeMany of the general services a family might need can be taken care of right in Piedmont. There is a dentist in town, Dr. Kenneth Vanasma, as well as the Elk Creek Valley Mart for your grocery needs with a Conoco connected to the property. Not very far away is Spring Valley Mini Storage handy for storing excess goods. 

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For a night out close to home, the Elk Creek Steakhouse is located in Piedmont. It offers not only top hand cut steaks but has a well rounded menu of seafood, chicken and pasta. If you are looking for more than dining they also have a lounge that features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.  For those fast food nights Papa John’s Pizza is located in the Piedmont Valley Mart.

Two other established businesses in the area include High Plains Genetics, which specializes in equine and cattle services, and Mountain West Products, which specializes in natural landscape materials and specialty soils. Newer to the area is Piedmont Cutting Edge Meat Market, which is not only an old fashioned butcher shop to give you hand crafted cuts of meat but also a wild game processor for those who love to hunt. 


Which Schools Are in Piedmont, SD?

Piedmont Elem SchoolPiedmont Valley Elementary School serves grades 1 through 6 for the Piedmont/Stage communities. They have a student to teacher ratio of 14:1 and according to the schools website there are 489 students enrolled. Older students generally attend Sturgis Williams Middle School, which has a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 and Sturgis Brown High School, which is located on 500 acres in the shadow of Bear Butte and has a student to teacher ratio of 14:1.  Your kids will appreciate what it's like to live in Piedmont, SD.


Public Services in Piedmont, SD

There are several services located in Piedmont, including a Post Office located on Main Street and a Senior Center right off the Interstate 90 service road. Like most local communities, Piedmont has a volunteer fire department which has 20 volunteers. Law enforcement is taken care of by the Meade County Sheriff Department. Piedmont Valley Library is available to county residents Tuesday through Saturday, and hosts not only book signings and local artists, but also has a Genealogy Group which meets the 2nd Monday of every month. 


Spread throughout the community are several churches in the area including Grace United Methodist Church and Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church. The American Legion has Post 311 established in Piedmont which meets on the first Thursday of every month. Their meeting nights also include meeting for the Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion


What Are the Neighborhoods Like in Piedmont, SD?

sun valley estatesWith the diverse type of neighborhoods in Piedmont it is easy to find a location that not only fits your needs but will make you feel right at home. You can choose from a single family home in a well laid out neighborhood, or a home with a little more room to roam. If you are looking for a home with a view there are several beautiful houses located in the Black Hills that overlook Piedmont, they are close enough to feel part of a neighborhood yet far enough apart that you can enjoy the scenery and abundance of wild animals

In fact, our so-called "wild" turkeys, (which there are thousands in the Black Hills) will often have a daily routine to stop by your back deck the same time each day and peck around for leftovers from last night's BBQ.  But don't abuse their friendliness, lest one of the several deer hanging out on your lawn decides to defend their brethren.  One spring I watched a momma turkey manage it's future brood, in a nest just outside Piedmont.  And, there is a reason the major geologic feature right next to Piedmont is called "Elk Creek Canyon."


How is the Weather in Piedmont, SD?

Piedmont’s temperatures are similar to those in Rapid City, with an average of 223 sunny days. The average high is in the 70’s, with July being the warmest month, averaging 75 degrees. The average low is in the 20’s with January being the coldest month, averaging 22 degrees. May is the wettest month, averaging almost 3 inches of precipitation. 


What Activities are Available in Piedmont, SD?

piedmont parkEach 4th of July the community members from all around come to Piedmont Park with their blankets, picnic baskets, grandchildren and apple pie, for the annual eye-popping Independence Day Parade and fireworks displays.  If you've forgotten what Americana was like 100 years ago, come discover it here.

camping and parkActive lifestyles lend well to this area with plenty of outdoor activities. Camping in your own backyard while exploring the area can be done at either Covered Wagon Resort or Elk Creek Resort. Elk Creek Resort is also home of the Petrified Forest of the Black Hills, which is one of the largest outcroppings of fossilized wood in the area.  There are numerous caves in the area including Crystal Cave Park is located a mile west of Rapid City and showcases sixteen types of rock formations. Straight west out of town is the entrance to some nice ATV and dirt bike trials. The area has been improved so that vehicles pulling trailers have a place to park and unload before heading out on their journey into the Black Hills National Forest. The United States Department of Agriculture has a website for the Black Hills National Forest which provides information on permits and trail access. 


For a historical perspective of the area, Deadwood is located very close by, offering not only dining and gambling opportunities, but a chance to step back in time and explore the historical aspects of a gold rush town. Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are just two of the legends who made history in the area. Fort Meade Museum located near Sturgis was established in 1878-1879 by the units of the 1st and 11th Infantry and the reorganized 7th Calvary. Locate nearby is Fort Meade Recreational Area, 6,693 acres of forest and prairie offering a wide variety of activities including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, non-motorized winter sports as well as sightseeing along a national backcountry byway. 

For those times when being outdoors is not what you are seeking, there are many activities located close by in Rapid City. With a mixture of shopping and cultural activities to choose from, including golf, archery and a CHL hockey team, the Rapid City Rush. The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center plays host to a wide variety of cultural and community events. Since Rapid City is a hub of the Black Hills as well as southwestern South Dakota, there is a wide assortment of  shopping opportunities, including Rushmore Mall, Target, Wal-Mart, Gordman’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond. If local flavor is more to your liking, Main Street Square and Prairie Edge Trading Company are quite popular. For the sporting/ranching/hunting/fishing enthusiast there is Scheels, Cabella’s and Runnings.

How is the Real Estate Market in Piedmont, SD?

Piedmont is a growing area northwest of Rapid City.  Growth is fueled by a wide spectrum of benefits such as:

  - A super-friendly old-west helpful-neighbor social environment
  - Adjacent to the 1 million acre Black Hills National Forest
  - A small, rural core community atmosphere
  - Short commute to Rapid City and Sturgis
  - Real estate prices still not inflated by city sprawl
  - Wide range of home types and prices
  - Not at all dominated by large suburban developments, many residents live on horse-property acreages and forested mountainsides
  - Eye-popping panoramic views of the priarie
  - Privacy and seclusion of many home sites
  - One of the least restrictive Counties in the area 

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With the area in high demand for a such a broad range of benefits, homes sell at one of the highest rates in the Black Hills.  Want a home with horse property in the Black Hills?  Many of the best ones are here.  Want a mountain-side log cabin?  Lots of them here.  Want to ride off into the sunset with your horse on a private million-acre ranch and never see another person on the trail?  That's how National Forest access feels here.  Prefer to hike a thousand miles of foot trails among tall pines, peaceful meadows and high vistas?  Yup.  All here.

The real estate market in the Piedmont area is almost always brisk.  Check out yourself what is it like to live in Piedmot, SD.

So after all that, don't you see why we're so high on Piedmont, SD?  Come on out and see for yourself!

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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Lee, thanks for the introduction to Piedmont.  I've never been to SD, but drove through ND in 1969 while I was traveling one summer during my college years.  I imagine parents with school-aged children love the student-teacher ratios in your schools, the sense of community, open space with beautiful scenery and healthy recreation.  Piedmont is a different world from the one I live in, but I certainly understand why you and many others love it.  Thanks again for introducing me to your community.

Dec 12, 2012 03:29 PM #1
Lee Alley
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Lloyd:  My wife and I moved from D.C. area to the Rapid City/Piedmont SD area in 2001 in seek of a simpler life.  It's been a wonderful transition.  People over 50 might recall from an old TV show why we call our place Piedmont home "Ten Green Acres."

Dec 12, 2012 08:54 PM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Lee - What a wonderful description of Piedmond, SD.  It sounds like a charming place.  I love it:  "where you can buy a headset and a bale of hay in the same store"! 

Dec 13, 2012 12:38 AM #3
Lee Alley
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Sally:  Yup, that kinda nails it.  Not many places left in the U.S. where one can live in the 19th century, work in the 21st century, (while working from home!!!).  BTW, congrats on the G bump from Michael George's expert work. 

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