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Rapid City, SD

Rapid City is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress
73,721
Rapid City Population7
$
39,280
Median Income6
6.0
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Rapid City's 5 to 9 year old population grew by 32% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 1%

Age

37.6
Median Age7
11.5
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Rapid City residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 4.7% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 42.8%

Race

82.2
%
South Dakota Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Rapid City's high elevation of 3,202 feet leads to regularly cold weather and strong winds, but little rainfall. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 171 days per year with 11 mph winds and 16 inches of annual rainfall

Weather

26
%
Chance of Rain11
62
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Rapid City increased by 35% since 2010 which is 8% lower than the national average and 7% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,180
Monthly Average12
38
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Rapid City is a very low tax location with no state or local income tax and sales tax near the national average, but property tax 18% higher than the national average.

Other

1.32
%
Property Tax21
6.5
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Rapid City has an average employment rate of 94% which is 0% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Regional Health and Black Hills

Income

20.4
%
<$25,0006
8.6
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Rapid City is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results39

Representatives

Mayor28 Steve Allender
Nonpartisan
House of Representative28 Dusty Johnson
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Avera St Mary's Hospital, is 142.6 miles from the center of Rapid City, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Black Hills Health Care System - Fort Meade Campus, is 22.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, is 315.2 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 No
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In South Dakota, 55.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 54.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#19 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub31
#82 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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