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Overview

Introduction to Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota, in Pennington county, is 313 miles N of Denver, Colorado. The city has a population of 59,607.

Rapid City History

Rapid City was founded in 1876 and was known as Hay Camp. John Brennan and Samuel Scott laid out the site of the present-day city in February 1876. It was later renamed Rapid City after the Rapid Creek that flows through the area. The first railroad arrived in the area in the late 1880s. The city was incorporated in 1882. It became a major regional trade center by 1900.

Rapid City and nearby Attractions

  • Baken Park Shopping Center
  • Minnilusa Pioneer Museum
  • Journey Museum
  • Badlands National Park
  • Sioux Indian Museum
  • Reptile Gardens

Things To Do In Rapid City

Rapid City offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation, in the form of the Badlands National Park, Reptile Gardens, Rushmore Waterslide Park, Dinosaur Park and the Ranch Amusement Park. The Minnilusa Pioneer Museum Collection, the Journey Museum, the Sioux Indian Museum and the Museum of Geology may prove interesting to those interested in the area’s history. One can shop at the North Rapid Shopping Center, the Baken Park Shopping Center, the Robbinsdale Shopping Center, the South Town Mall, the Haines Station Shopping Center or Rushmore Mall. Local celebrations include the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, the Dakota Polka Festival, the West Boulevard Summer Festival, Canyon Lake Festival, the Hills Alive Music Festival and the Black Hills Square and Round Dance Festival.

Rapid City Transportation

Rapid City Regional Airport is a few minutes drive away.

Rapid City Higher Education

Western Dakota Technical Institute, the National American University and the Black Hills Indian Bible College-Assemblies of God are the local institutions of higher education.

People

Total Population 71,692
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 35,229
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,272
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,342
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,787

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,720
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $771
Median House Value $159,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.5%
Irish 11.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rapid City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 313 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Pennington
Metro Area Rapid City
Standard Zip Codes 57701, 57702, 57703
P.O. Box Zip Codes 57709
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.08
Longitude -103.23

Rapid City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RAPID CITY 4 NW
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 34 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches
Station RAPID CITY RGNL AP
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 34 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 62 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Station MT RUSHMORE NATL MEM
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 50 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 55 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rapid City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hisega (57702)

Jolly Acres (57701)

Old Town (57701)

Pactola Lake (57702)

Rockerville (57701, 57702)

Silver City (57702)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Box Elder 8,959 $52,267
Hermosa 412 $46,818
Hill City 1,422 $65,313
Keystone 318 $45,750
New Underwood 543 $47,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rapid City Public Libraries

Library
Rapid City Public Library
610 QUINCY STREET
Rapid City, South Dakota
(605) 394-4171
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Rapid City Hospitals

RAPID CITY REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
353 FAIRMONT BLVD
(605) 719-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

SAME DAY SURGERY CENTER LLC
(Proprietary)
651 CATHEDRAL DRIVE
(605) 719-5000
Emergency Service: No

BLACK HILLS SURGERY CENTER LLP
(Proprietary)
1868 LOMBARDY DRIVE
(605) 721-4900
Emergency Service: No

PHS INDIAN HOSPITAL AT RAPID CITY - SIOUX SAN
(Government - Federal)
3200 CANYON LAKE DR
(605) 355-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rapid City High Schools

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CENTRAL HI SCH
433 N 8TH
605-394-4023
Serves 2,276 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

STEVENS HI SCH
1200 44TH ST
605-394-4051
Serves 1,578 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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21 ST JOSEPH
605-394-4048
A Non-traditional School
Serves 280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

KIBBEN-KUSTER
3302 W ST CLOUD ST
605-394-1813
A Special Education School
Serves 89 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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