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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Rapid City is a town in South Dakota with a population of 72,841. Rapid City is in Pennington County. Living in Rapid City offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rapid City there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rapid City and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$170,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$784
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Rapid City Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    407
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    135
    41
  • Robbery
    91
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    621
    500
  • Theft
    2,803
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    405
    284
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Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Though it can be a bit boring for locals, it has plenty of eating choices, free things to do and places to stay. The education here isn't the best but tutors and duel enrollment with nearby colleges are easily accessible. The nightlife of Rapid City is terrible. There are a few bars to choose from so that is good, but the variety of the bars is very low. They are all pretty much the same and the club setting is nonexistent. But if you're a beer-drinking country folk, it's perfect! The surrounding area is beautiful. The best part about Rapid City is how close it is to the Black Hills. The hills offer a lot of outdoor activity and tourism. There are many opportunities for hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, fishing, spelunking, and climbing!
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Meh...it's okay for some. The area is beautiful, no doubt. But the cost of living is pretty high compared to wages paid. There is a lot of crime for such a small city as well. Overall satisfaction depends on what you're in to. The mall is a joke, we have lost multiple retailers and restaurants in the last few years citywide. Feels like the place is drying up and blowing away. If you're very conservative and outdoorsy, you may very well enjoy it here. If you are more liberal or progressive, have a desire for things like amusement parks, museums, theater, good shopping, etc, you may find yourself kind of bored and longing for more. That being said, it's not a terrible place to live, especially if you fit it with the status quo. People are friendly overall, although a lot of racism exists for an area that doesn't have much diversity. It's definitely an area that resists change.
Rapid City is a beautiful place! It's surrounded by the gorgeous Black Hills. There is so much to see and do here. It's extremely family friendly and has something for everyone. There is always something going on in the town square, whether it's movie night, summer night concerts, or ice skating, just to name a few. We have wonderful little shops downtown and amazing sights throughout the hills to see and explore. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, scenic caves, and wonderful little towns all within such short distances of each other. Everything here is so simple to get to. And there are always events going on. The Central States Fair, Black Hills Stockshow and Rodeo, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Rush hockey games, and so much more. It is an amazing area with so many choices always options. An amazing place to visit or live.