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Location and Transportation

Rapid City is the population, business and trade center of western South Dakota and the second largest city in the state. Located on Interstate Highway 90 at the intersection of the Heartland and Theodore Roosevelt Expressways, Rapid City is a regional trade, travel and medical services center serving residents of South and North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. With an urban population of 71,000, Rapid City serves a collective area population of nearly 650,000 residents in small to midsize communities within a 200 mile radius.

Situated on the eastern slopes of the Black Hills, Rapid City enjoys the best aspects of a moderate Upper Great Plains climate. Sheltered on the west by the Black Hills rising to an elevation over 7,000 feet, Rapid City is in a northern but moderate climate with nominal rain/snow falls, relatively mild temperatures and low humidity levels in all seasons of the year.

Rapid City Regional Airport is a vital transportation hub for the region and a key component of the local economy. With exceptional air service, they offer direct flights to Atlanta (on a seasonal basis), Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix/Mesa, and Salt Lake City, through Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Rapid City Regional Airport contributes approximately $175 million to the local economy and provides over 350 jobs.

The city also owns and operates the Rapid City Regional Airport whose mission is to maintain and provide safe, efficient, and economically self-sustaining air transportation facilities responsive to the needs of the community. The beautiful facility presents an artful representation of the Black Hills to those coming to the area and boasts state-of-the-art technology, security, terminals and passenger areas.

As the hub-city of nearby natural and historical locations and sites, Rapid City’s economy is driven by a combination of retail trade, tourism, agriculture and government/medical services. Located within a day’s round trip travel of five national parks and monuments, numerous other natural, historical and culturally significant attractions in the Black Hills, Rapid City supports an economy that has successfully sustained its viability in some of the most challenging business climates.

By the Numbers
55.49 — Size of the city of Rapid City (in square miles)
71,812 — Approximate population of the city of Rapid City
1226.5 — Average number of people per square mile in Rapid City
126,696 — Approximate population of the Rapid City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
44 — Rapid City’s ranking among the nation’s best small metropolitan cities for starting a business or career according to Forbes magazine, 2013
36.6 — Median age in Rapid City
$25,286 — Estimated per capita income
$44,960 — Median household effective buying income for Rapid City
4.4% — Unemployment rate in Rapid City compared to the National average of 5.9%
41 — Average age of the available work force compared to the national average of 47
26.6% — Percentage of those employed that hold a Bachelor’s degree
9% — Percentage of those employed that hold advanced degrees
$205,810 — Average price for a single-family home
$813 — Average monthly price for a two bedroom rental property
85°F — Average high temperature for Rapid City in July
13°F — Average low temperature for Rapid City in January

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