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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$768
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

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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
    491
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    125
    41
  • Robbery
    107
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    644
    500
  • Theft
    2,998
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    335
    284

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,300
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    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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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.
Rapid City is a great community for young and growing families! The city is constantly evolving with new fun things to do and places to hang out. I love that it is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest so there is always adventure to be had. The city itself is known as "The City Of Presidents" because there is a president statue on every corner downtown and it is only a 40 minute drive to the national monument, Mount Rushmore. Even if you live in Rapid City, it feels like you're on vacation. The tourism industry is very strong there and there is always something fun going on.