Rapid City, SD
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Rapid City, SD crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, Rapid City has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 22. Within South Dakota, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Rapid City.

Importantly, when you compare Rapid City to other communities of similar population, then Rapid City crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Rapid City does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Rapid City does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Rapid City.

For Rapid City, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Rapid City is one in 149.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Rapid City experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Rapid City is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Rapid City, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 39 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Rapid City has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Rapid City is one in 324.

Rapid City Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Rapid City Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

495

2,869

3,364

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.73

39.00

45.73

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Rapid City 6.73
South Dakota 3.83

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 149

in Rapid City

1 in 261

in South Dakota

Rapid City VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 73,569
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 7 92 68 328
Rate per 1,000 0.10 1.25 0.92 4.46

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Rapid City 39.00
South Dakota 19.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Rapid City

1 in 51

in South Dakota

Rapid City Property CRIMES

Population: 73,569
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 451 2,191 227
Rate per 1,000 6.13 29.78 3.09

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Rapid City Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Rapid City 61
South Dakota 15