More and more people choose to settle in Spearfish. The northern Black Hills town is experiencing growth, which is affecting businesses and schools in the area.
With building permits up 30 percent from last year and sales tax up eight percent. People in Spearfish say the growth overall is good for the community.
Dillon Julius has owned Base Camp Adventure Sports for more than two years and he say's business has been good.
"It's been steadily growing since I've opened. And a lot of that is more people knowing where it is and what I have," said Julius.
Julius also attributed his business to the growing population. With more than 11 thousand people in Spearfish, the number has surpassed what's currently on the population signs.
"Over the last ten years we've actually had a very sustained growth both in new residential growth as well as commercial growth here in Spearfish. We've been experiencing anywhere from an annual two to three percent growth rate in the Spearfish community," said Bryan Walker, Executive Director of Spearfish Economic Development.
Walker added the growth has been steady.
"it's been very predictable, very sustainable. It's allowed us to plan for that growth look into the future," said Walker.
Joe Neeb, City Administrator, said while the growth is good it can come with its challenges.
"Whether it be police fire, all of those needs all of those service needs have continued to climb and we've struggled as times to take care of those needs," said Neeb.
Spearfish schools are also experiencing growth. This year there were more than 100 students in the school system than last year.
However, Census Bureau statistics don't support the growth Spearfish residents are seeing. From 2006 to 2012, Lawrence County's population grew less than one percent or about 775 people.