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Rapid City, South Dakota   Add Favorite    20 Reviews | Review This Place




Pros

-Cost of living
-Attractive downtown
-Nearby mountains

Cons

-Harsh climate
-Tourist impact
-Isolation


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Rapid City is a gateway to the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. Originally a center for the mining and timber industries, the today the city is more reliant on light industry, tourism and the large Ellsworth Air Force Base nearby. That base narrowly escaped closure recently, but the prospect of future closure hangs over the area’s employment picture. The downtown core is a Western classic, with a broad main street featuring a mix of traditional small town commercial establishments and others oriented towards tourists.


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Quick Facts About Rapid City


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Rapid City is 3.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Rapid City jobs have Increased by 0.52 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Rapid City's cost of living is 1.10% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Rapid City's population is 73,569 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 34.93 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Rapid City is $181,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 19.86 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Rapid City public schools spend $9,790 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15 students per teacher in Rapid City.

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  8/5/2012
You will love it...or you will hate it.

West River is by far the beautiful side of the state. I am very blessed to have grown up here; the Black Hills are magical if you are an out door sort of person. Aside...

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  5/29/2012
Rapid City SD living

4 distinct seasons. Nestled in the Black Hills, 25 miles from Mt Rushmore. Many tourists in the simmer. Winters can get a little long. ...

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  2/4/2011
Too High for the Wages

Rapid City is a beautiful area, with the Black Hills as a backdrop to any home you have in our area. However, you will pay a hefty price for such scenery, as the housing...

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