Rapid City, SD

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
140,356
1.51% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.1
1.82% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.2%
2.01% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$68,363
8.06% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$248,700
17.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
69,227
0.507% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rapid City, SD had a population of 140k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $68,363. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rapid City, SD grew from 138,268 to 140,356, a 1.51% increase and its median household income grew from $63,266 to $68,363, a 8.06% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rapid City, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.05%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (5.67%), White (Hispanic) (2.18%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.94%).

None of the households in Rapid City, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.1% of the residents in Rapid City, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rapid City, SD are South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (545 degrees awarded in 2022), Western Dakota Technical College (377 degrees), and National American University-Rapid City (332 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Rapid City, SD was $248,700, and the homeownership rate was 69.9%.

Most people in Rapid City, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Rapid City, SD was 2 cars per household.

Rapid City, SD borders Spearfish, SD.

Population & Diversity

Rapid City, SD is home to a population of 140k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.12% of Rapid City, SD residents were born outside of the country (2.97k people).

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (112k people) in Rapid City, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.49k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 7.96k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.1%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.1% of Rapid City, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rapid City, SD was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rapid City, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    112k ± 466
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    8.49k ± 763
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    7.96k ± 556
5.41%
Hispanic Population
7.6k people

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (112k people) in Rapid City, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.49k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 7.96k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.41% of the people in Rapid City, SD are hispanic (7.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Rapid City, SD as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,032 ± 1,350 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,803 ± 1,298 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,418 ± 1,206 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,032 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,803 and Ethiopia with 2,418.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.12%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.97k people
2.49%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.44k people

As of 2022, 2.12% of Rapid City, SD residents (2.97k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rapid City, SD was 2.49%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,303 ± 530
  2. Vietnam
    3,780 ± 346
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,989 ± 291

Rapid City, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rapid City, SD employs 69.2k people. The largest industries in Rapid City, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,677 people), Retail Trade (8,549 people), and Construction (6,485 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,195), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,797), and Public Administration ($59,779).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,552. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

69.2k
2022 Value
± 2,144
0.507%
1 Year growth
± 4.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rapid City, SD grew at a rate of 0.507%, from 68.9k employees to 69.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rapid City, SD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,296 people), Management Occupations (7,245 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,242 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rapid City, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

69.2k
2022 Value
± 2,144
0.507%
1 Year growth
± 4.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rapid City, SD grew at a rate of 0.507%, from 68.9k employees to 69.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rapid City, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,677 people), Retail Trade (8,549 people), and Construction (6,485 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rapid City, SD, though some of these residents may live in Rapid City, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,164
Median earning men ± $1,740
$34,619
Median earning women ± $1,003

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($62,593), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,827), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($59,801).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($57,750), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($41,359), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,777).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,564
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,084
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 939
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Dakota went to Donald J. Trump with 61.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.63%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Rapid City, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Rapid City, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Rapid City, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Rapid City, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Rapid City, SD awarded 1,380 degrees. The student population of Rapid City, SD in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 3,031 male students and 2,078 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rapid City, SD are White (990 and 73.9%), followed by Black or African American (106 and 7.91%), Hispanic or Latino (74 and 5.52%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (55 and 4.1%).

The largest universities in Rapid City, SD by number of degrees awarded are South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (545 and 39.5%), Western Dakota Technical College (377 and 27.3%), and National American University-Rapid City (332 and 24.1%).

The most popular majors in Rapid City, SD are General Business Administration & Management (141 and 10.2%), Mechanical Engineering (110 and 7.97%), and General Civil Engineering (76 and 5.51%).

The median tuition cost in Rapid City, SD for a public four year colleges is $7,820 for in-state students and $12,240 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Rapid City, SD, the percentage of applicants admitted was 82.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 43%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 5,109 (59.3% men and 40.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 5,109 students enrolled in Rapid City, SD, 59.3% men and 40.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,621 records, of which 38.9% were women and 61.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 95 degrees awarded
  2. 58 degrees awarded
  3. 48 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Rapid City, SD was Mechanical Engineering with 95 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Rapid City, SD according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 545 degrees awarded
  2. 377 degrees awarded
  3. 332 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with 545 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 727 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rapid City, SD, which is 1.11 times more than the 653 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 990 degrees mean that there were 9.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 106 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($10,695) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($4,861) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rapid City, SD was $248,700 in 2022, which is 0.882 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $211,800 to $248,700, a 17.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Rapid City, SD is 69.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rapid City, SD have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rapid City, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Rapid City, SD is $68,363. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Rapid City, SD was Lincoln County, SD with a value of $92,317, followed by Hanson County, SD and Hughes County, SD, with respective values of $86,827 and $83,750.

Property

$248,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,533
$39,343
Median Property Taxes
±$1,457

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rapid City, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69.9%
Homeownership
2022
65.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.9% of the housing units in Rapid City, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rapid City, SD was Lincoln County, SD with a value of $92,317, followed by Hanson County, SD and Hughes County, SD, with respective values of $86,827 and $83,750.

The following map shows all of the counties in Rapid City, SD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$68,363
Median Household Income
± $1,917
56.2k
Number of Households
± 1,776

In 2022, the median household income of the 56.2k households in Rapid City, SD grew to $68,363 from the previous year's value of $63,266.

The following chart displays the households in Rapid City, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rapid City, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.84%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.1%)

In 2022, 78.6% of workers in Rapid City, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.84%) and those who worked at home (8.1%).

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rapid City, SD have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.4% of the workforce in Rapid City, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Rapid City, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rapid City, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rapid City, SD (15.3k out of 136k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rapid City, SD is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.1% of the population of Rapid City, SD has health coverage, with 44.5% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 16.1% on non-group plans, and 5.89% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in South Dakota see 1257 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.53% decrease from the previous year (1303 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1608 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 497 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,257 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Dakota

Primary care physicians in South Dakota see an average of 1,257 patients per year. This represents a 3.53% decrease from the previous year (1,303 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Dakota in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.1% under 18 years, 20.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.3% were men and 49.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.9%
Uninsured
44.5%
Employer Coverage
10.2%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
16.1%
Non-Group
5.89%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rapid City, SD declined by 4.01% from 11.3% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rapid City, SD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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