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 74,421 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Rapid City is the second largest community in South Dakota.

Rapid City real estate is some of the most expensive in South Dakota, although Rapid City house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rapid City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.25%), sales jobs (13.19%), and management occupations (8.29%).

One of the benefits of Rapid City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.25 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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: 31.15% of adults in Rapid City have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rapid City in 2010 was $28,643, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,572 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 German, Irish, Norwegian, English, and Swedish.

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