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1.04% growth
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0.71% growth
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1.33% decline
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3.81% growth


The economy of Rapid City, SD employs 35,112 people. The economy of Rapid City, SD is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Construction; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, which employ respectively 2.16; 1.42; and 1.41 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Rapid City, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (5,668), Retail trade (4,520), and Accommodation & Food Service (3,604), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,654), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($51,359), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,783).

Median household income in Rapid City, SD is $47,300. Males in Rapid City, SD have an average income that is 1.46 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,657. The income inequality of Rapid City, SD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Rapid City, SD. In Pennington County, SD the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 87 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,010. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.


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Rapid City, SD is home to a population of 72,441 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Rapid City, SD is composed of 55,625 White residents (76.8%), 7,320 Native residents (10.1%), 3,807 Two+ residents (5.26%), 3,757 Hispanic residents (5.19%), and 1,001 Asian residents (1.38%). The most common foreign languages in Rapid City, SD are Other Native North American (889 speakers), Spanish (712 speakers), and German (420 speakers), but compared to other places, Rapid City, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (889 speakers), Scandinavian (65 speakers), and German (420 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Rapid City, SD awarded 1,012 degrees. The student population of Rapid City, SD is skewed towards females, with 491 male students and 521 female students. Most students in Rapid City, SD are White (796 and 78.7%), followed by American Indian (47 and 4.64%), Hispanic or Latino (31 and 3.06%), and Black or African American (31 and 3.06%). The largest universities in Rapid City, SD by number of graduates are South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (423 and 41.8%), Western Dakota Technical Institute (310 and 30.6%), and National American University-Rapid City (186 and 18.4%). The most popular majors in Rapid City, SD are Mechanical Engineering (57 and 5.63%), General Civil Engineering (38 and 3.75%), and Chemical Engineering (36 and 3.56%). The median tuition costs in Rapid City, SD are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,340 and $11,500 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rapid City, SD is $166,000, which is 0.81 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $159,900 to $166,000, a 3.81% increase. The homeownership rate of Rapid City, SD is 61%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Rapid City, SD have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rapid City, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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