Rapid City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 77,503 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Rapid City is the second largest community in South Dakota.
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 sales jobs (13.24%), office and administrative support (11.78%), and management occupations (8.67%).
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 17.44 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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: 32.01% of adults in Rapid City have a college degree.
The per capita income in Rapid City in 2018 was $30,077, which is wealthy relative to South Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,308 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.