Rapid City, SD


Rapid City profile

Living in Rapid City

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.

Unlike some cities, Rapid City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Rapid City are a mix of both white- and blue-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%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Rapid City spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Rapid City is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Rapid City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.