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Rapid City, SD
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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 78,824 people and 20 associated neighborhoods, Rapid City is the second largest community in South Dakota.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.93% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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 18.36 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Rapid City are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.51% of adults in Rapid City have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Rapid City in 2018 was $38,421, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,684 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 French.

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