Rapid City, SD
Crime Rates



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Rapid City, SD crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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

The crime rate in Rapid City is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 36 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Rapid City is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Rapid City is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to South Dakota, Rapid City has a crime rate that is higher than 98% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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 153.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Rapid City's rate for property crime is 29 per one thousand population. This makes Rapid City a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Rapid City is one in 34.

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 286.

Rapid City Crime Data

 

Crime Index

10

(100 is safest)


Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Rapid City Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

492

2,194

2,686

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.52

29.08

35.60

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Rapid City 6.52
South Dakota 4.05

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 153

in Rapid City

1 in 247

in South Dakota

Rapid City VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 75,443
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 99 65 326
Rate per 1,000 0.03 1.31 0.86 4.32

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Rapid City 29.08
South Dakota 17.29

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 34

in Rapid City

1 in 58

in South Dakota

Rapid City Property CRIMES

Population: 75,443
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 428 1,502 264
Rate per 1,000 5.67 19.91 3.50

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Rapid City Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Rapid City 48
South Dakota 15