Rapid City, MI
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Rapid City is a very small town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,372 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rapid City is the 430th largest community in Michigan.

Rapid City is a blue-collar town, with 46.93% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Rapid City is a town of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rapid City who work in office and administrative support (11.95%), sales jobs (11.26%), and food service (8.36%).

Another notable thing is that Rapid City is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Rapid City’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Rapid City has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Rapid City has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Rapid City than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Rapid City may be for you.

In Rapid City, just 10.39% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rapid City in 2010 was $20,751, which is middle income relative to Michigan, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,004 for a family of four. Rapid City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.42% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Rapid City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rapid City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rapid City include English, Irish, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Rapid City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.

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