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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  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 dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rapid City there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rapid City and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Rapid City are above average.

Real Estate

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

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    433
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    131.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    86.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    568.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,995
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    350.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
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%

Working in Rapid City

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,895
National
$55,322
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Rapid City Reviews

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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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Rapid is one of the most best areas in the country and great personality shared by the people who live here.
A "rural city" Rapid had a population of around 75,000 people, and is nestled at the base of the infamous Black Hills of South Dakota. Mt. Rushmore is a 30-minute drive and with the natural beauty of its surroundings. Also the Needles Highway is at the end of the switchback roads and worth the time to see. Nearby is the Crazy Horse Memorial
The city is spread out, and you can drive through it in about 20 minutes. But stopping to see the "Cityof Presidents" offers a look on its street corners with awesome sculptures and history the Presidents of each. The most recent addition was President Obama in July 2019.
Downrown's Mainsteet Square offers a multitude of activites, like outdoor movie nights in the summer and ice skating in the winter months.
I wouldn't change much as by the star rating below.
It's an average city. Not very close or homey to me, but it has everything around that the area could ever need. Some people are nice... Some people are absolute lunatics. There is crime, more crime than any other city I've lived in. Lots of racism. Some quality businesses and views. Love dinosaur park and the black hills! Some great places to eat as well! But all in all, it's fairly average.