This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Rapid City has a very low population density. Rapid City is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Rapid City, SD is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 7/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Rapid City has a population density of 1,438, with 64,125 current residents.
Out of the 64,125 current residents, 49% are male and 50% are female. 54% of the residents are married and 45% are single.
- 61% Sun
- 18% Rain
- 36% Snow
49°F average temperature
- 35 years Median home age
- $141,170 Median home price
- 0.24% Home appreciation rate
- 17.77% Annual property tax
As for living in Rapid City, the air quality is 93% and the weather, on average, is 61% sunny, 18% rainy, and 36% snowy. The average temperature is 49°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Rapid City, you should know that 56.2% of homes are owned while 38.6% of homes are rented, and 5.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $141,170, the median age of homes is 35 years, the annual home appreciation is 0.24% and the annual property tax is 17.77%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)5
When looking at the community of Rapid City, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Rapid City’s crime rate is 5 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Rapid City is 36 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 38.47% Democratic, 59.64% Republican, and 1.89% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:17
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
87%High school diploma
8%Some college or associates degree
9%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Rapid City, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.70% of residents are unemployed in Rapid City (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Rapid City residents: 12.3% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 20.94% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.9% are in the customer service field, 29.2% are in the sales field, 0.44% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 8.7% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 11.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:17. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 87.25%, 7.70% of residents have an associate’s degree, 17.85% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 8.73% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Rapid City, you should be aware that the average commute time is 17 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26.5 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Rapid City have a few different options. 84% of commuters use their own cars, 10% of commuters carpool, 1% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.