The population density was There were housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the city was Hispanic or Latino of any race were There were households of which The average household size was 2. The median age in the city was The gender makeup of the city was The population density was 1, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.
There were households out of which In the city, the population was spread out with The median age was 35 years. For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Government and services[ edit ] Hill City incorporates a Mayor-Council style of governance in which the mayor is the chief executor and the council has legislative control over city ordinances. The city is broken into two wards with two members of the city council elected from each ward to serve two-year terms.
Mayor Don Voorhees was elected to his first term in and will serve a four-year term. Dave Grey is the president of the council and represents the first ward. Grey has served on the council since and was re-elected in The second representative from the first ward is Tana Nichols who was first elected in and re-elected in Ward II is represented by John Johnson who was first elected in and re-elected in , and Dan Maxfield who was elected to his first term in There are five members on the zoning and planning commission with the chair and vice-chair being elected positions.
The city's financial officer administrates city offices, council activities, mayoral activities, department and personnel management, while also acting as financial control of city assets, budgets, and fiscal activities. The office of Public Works oversees city infrastructure, water and sewers. In the South Dakota State Legislature , Hill City is represented by two representatives and one senator from District 30 who all serve two-year terms corresponding to even numbered years.
The district encompasses all of Fall River County , Custer County , and most of Pennington country excluding most of the Rapid City area in the north central part of the county. There is one health clinic in town with limited services. Rapid City Regional hospital 26 miles away and Custer community hospital 13 miles away both offer emergency room and other health facilities. There is a small library in town with a collection of 7, books and various audio and visual resources.
Rushmore Forest Products runs a lumber mill outside of town and is the area's largest employer. Several local attractions, restaurants, souvenir shops, and art galleries cater to those visiting the area. It is also the home of Art of the Hills magazine, which focuses on the art and artists of the region. Education[ edit ] Hill City School District is made up of elementary, middle, and high schools located in separate buildings on the same campus.
A permanent school building was constructed in and housed all grades until an elementary school building was constructed in with several modifications in the s. The Middle School was built in the s with several additions in the s. After the middle school was built the original school building became the high school building.
In , construction was begun on a new high school which was completed in The previous high school was razed in The district also has adopted an open enrollment policy that makes it easier to transfer between local school districts.
Enrollment as of the school year was ,  while the majority live outside the city limits. The school also serves the town of Keystone, South Dakota, and the unincorporated towns of Rochford , and Silver City. The school system is administered by a board of education which as of the school year, was made up of President Owen Wiederhold and members Cydnee Gruzenski, Kris Knapp, Darrell Sullivan and Michelle Anderson.
The school's superintendent is Mike Hanson. South Dakota school districts use the Dakota Step Test as its assessment tool. Culture and religion[ edit ] Hill City is becoming a center for the Black Hills visual arts community.
The Hill City Arts Council oversees the promotion of the arts in the city,  as well as several arts events throughout the year including the annual Art Extravaganza put on by the local artists and Arts and Crafts fair which draws more regional influence.
An annual quilt show and Native American quilt show are also offered. There are seven art studios and galleries in town with several regionally known artists.
Native American artwork and jewelry are also prominent. The Hill City Slickers is a musical group that plays country, folk, and bluegrass music as well as original music. In they were featured artists with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. Thus far they have produced three albums. The museum was incorporated in The collection on display includes dinosaurs, fossil fishes, mammals, birds, reptiles, and fossil invertebrates, as well as gemstones, minerals, and meteorites. The museum is also a leading contributor to Hill City's Natural History Days celebration that focuses on fun and education, with guest speakers, and a fossil hunt for children.
The museum has worked to collect and preserve equipment used of mining in the Black Hills and hosts a one-stamp gold mill. Home to the Rangers. Because students helped to fight a wildfire that threatened the community in , the school's mascot is Smokey Bear , and the fight song is Marines' Hymn. High School Girls compete in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, track and field, cross country, and golf.
Hill City is the ninth trailhead on the George S. Mickelson Trail that runs from Deadwood, to Edgemont. This trail is often used for running, cycling, and snowmobiling in the winter. Two snowmobiling magazines have rated the Black Hills as one of the best places to ride in North America.