Emery has a K-12 school (http://www.emery.k12.sd.us/). The current building was constructed in 1958, with additions in 1983 and 1999.
As with many small towns, high school athletics is a focus for the community. The boys basketball and football teams both have won state championships in their divisions. The football team (which plays in a Co-Op relationship with Ethan High School) won in 2001,2003 and most recently in 2007. The basketball team won in 1950 and 1973.
Emery also has a very large park, having a baseball park and a football field, not forgetting the large pool they have.
There were 195 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,958, and the median income for a family was $35,313. Males had a median income of $27,875 versus $16,094 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,324. About 3.8% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.