The small city of Rapid City, South Dakota is home to just under 72,000 residents. The city's population, at an average age of just over 39, ranks around the middle compared to other cities in the state, which has an average age of 38. Most residents own their homes in Rapid City, and 39% of residents rent. The average rent for Rapid City is $63 a month more than the state average.
There are three primary industries in Rapid City: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 22% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, making it the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $63K, Rapid City workers earn about the same as their peers elsewhere in the state. However, Rapid City compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average (5%), Rapid City has a relatively high concentration of residents older than 25 with an Associate's degree (7%). In addition, 13% have earned a Bachelor's degree and 6% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.
Rapid City residents have an average commute of about 17 minutes, shorter than around 70% of cities in South Dakota. Driving a car or truck is the typical means of commuting to work, selected by 44% of workers, while public transit is not used much. Walking (2%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number exceeds the national average.
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