Rapid City, SD
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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.

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%).

One of the benefits of Rapid City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.13 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.

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.

The overall education level of Rapid City citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.53% of adults in Rapid City have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

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.