B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$771
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    444
    273
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    125
    41
  • Robbery
    92
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    611
    525
  • Theft
    2,969
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    308
    263

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,966
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Rapid City Reviews

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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.
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Rapid City proves to be a wonderful combination of small town life mixed with commodities that a big city would offer. Because Rapid is the epicenter of many little towns, many big name stores and restaurants are located in the area. The Civic Center also hosts many large name groups as well as the semi-pro hockey team, the Rapid City Rush. However, amongst all the city-like feeling, there is the small town feel. This feel is shown through the interactions between the locals as well as the large support of many local restaurants and shops around town.

The people of Rapid City truly are the heart of the city. With welcoming arms, the locals are willing to invite anyone into the everyday happenings of their town. Because tourism is a big thing around the Black Hills, the locals have grown accustomed to people around the world. Also, because of the many different people that come through the hills, the locals have formed a large bond that can withstand anything.
Rapid City is a beautiful, fast-growing neighborhood, conveniently located near the Interstate-90 only 6-8 hours away from Sioux Falls and Denver. The school district has very involved parents, educators, and administrators who strive to provide the best education for all students from the area; the police force is outstanding, working diligently at keeping the community safe from criminal activity, and drug-related crimes. The Black Hills are in the back yard, breath-taking views are merely a drive away; there is so much history and culture to learn while in Rapid City. There are plenty of museums, parks, and things for the whole family to enjoy; and the cost of living is very affordable.