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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population72,441
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+34,866
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married45.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.5%
Median Earnings25+$30,674
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,383
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,495

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,733
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$768
Median House Value$166,000

Ancestry

German32.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.2%
Irish12.3%
Norwegian10%
English7.3%
Swedish3.2%
French Except Basque2.7%
Italian2.3%
Dutch2.2%
Scottish1.6%
Polish1.4%
Danishn1.4%
Russian1%
Czech0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Canadian0.7%
African0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Arab0.2%
US/American0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Rapid City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pennington County
Standard Zip Codes57701, 57703, 57702
P.O. Box Zip Codes57709
Phone Area Codes605
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude44.07
Approximate 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)

StationRAPID CITY 4 NW
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp10 to 34 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp34 to 61 F
Annual Precip18.4 inches
StationRAPID CITY RGNL AP
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp11 to 34 F
Apr Temp32 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 86 F
Oct Temp35 to 62 F
Annual Precip16.6 inches
StationMT RUSHMORE NATL MEM
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp31 to 50 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp37 to 55 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Box Elder9,126$51,471
Hermosa459$45,096
Hill City1,358$66,786
Keystone318$47,375
New Underwood577$61,250

Rapid City Public Libraries

Rapid City Public Library
610 QUINCY STREET
Rapid City, South Dakota
(605) 394-6139

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Rapid City Hospitals

Black Hills Surgery Center Limited Liability Partnership
(Proprietary)
216 Anamaria Drive
(605) 721-4900
Regional Behavioral Health Center
(Non-profit)
915 Mountain View Road
(605) 719-7200
Rapid City Regional Hospital
(Non-profit)
353 Fairmont Boulevard
(605) 719-1000
Rapid City Hospital
(Government - Federal)
3200 Canyon Lake Drive
(605) 355-2200
Black Hills Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
2908 5th Street
(605) 719-1100
Same Day Surgery Center Limited Liability Partnership
(Proprietary)
651 Cathedral Drive
(605) 719-5000

Rapid City Public Schools

East Middle School - 30
4860 Homestead St
ZIP: 57002
(605) 394-4092
Middle
Total Enrollment 645
Robbinsdale Elementary - 14
424 E Indiana St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1825
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Woodrow Wilson Elementary - 17
827 Franklin
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1837
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Grandview Elementary - 06
3301 Grandview Dr
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1829
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
General Beadle Elementary - 01
10 Van Buren St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1841
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
South Middle School - 36
2 Indiana St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4024
Middle
Total Enrollment 645
Rapid City High School - 45
601 Columbus St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4031
High
Total Enrollment 438
Rapid Valley Elementary - 12
2601 Covington St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 393-2221
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Horace Mann Elementary - 07
902 Anamosa St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1847
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
South Park Elementary - 16
207 E Flormann St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1833
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Jefferson Building - 64
21 St Joseph
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4048
Other
Total Enrollment 24
Central High School - 41
433 N 8th
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4023
High
Total Enrollment 1893
North Middle School - 35
1501 N Maple St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4042
Middle
Total Enrollment 502
Lincoln Building - 44
1315 Quincy St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-4031
High
Total Enrollment 26
Knollwood Heights Elementary - 08
1701 Downing St
ZIP: 57701
(605) 394-1851
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Stevens High School - 42
1200 44th St
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-4051
High
Total Enrollment 1557
Southwest Middle School - 38
4501 Park Dr
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-6792
Middle
Total Enrollment 651
Corral Drive Elementary - 21
4503 Park Dr
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-6789
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
South Canyon Elementary - 15
218 Nordbye Ln
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-1801
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Canyon Lake Elementary - 04
1500 Evergreen
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-1817
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Pinedale Elementary - 11
4901 W Chicago St
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-1805
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
West Middle School - 37
1003 S San Dr
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-4033
Middle
Total Enrollment 642
Meadowbrook Elementary - 10
3125 W Flormann St
ZIP: 57702
(605) 394-1821
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Valley View Elementary - 13
4840 Homestead St
ZIP: 57703
(605) 393-2812
Primary
Total Enrollment 666

Rapid City Private Schools

Calvary Christian School
4601 S Highway 16
ZIP: 57701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
St Pauls Lutheran School
835 E Fairmont Blvd
ZIP: 57701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 69
Rapid City Catholic School System
300 Fairmont Blvd
ZIP: 57701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 699
Zion Lutheran School
4550 S Highway 16
ZIP: 57701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 138
Rapid City Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School
305 N 39th St
ZIP: 57702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Children's House Montessori
3520 W Main St
ZIP: 57702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Black Hills Children's Home
24100 S Rockerville Rd
ZIP: 57702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
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