Rapid City, SD
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Rapid City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 74,048 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Rapid City is the second largest community in South Dakota.

Rapid City is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rapid City is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rapid City who work in office and administrative support (14.77%), sales jobs (12.89%), and management occupations (7.84%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.13 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Rapid City is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.53% of adults in Rapid City have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rapid City in 2010 was $27,058, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,232 for a family of four. However, Rapid City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rapid City is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Rapid City include Irish, Norwegian, English, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Rapid City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.