Rapid City

At-a-glance facts about residents, households, and workforce. Data are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau. When a data point is missing or considered unreliable, it will be labeled suppressed. Refer to “Notes about the data” below for more detail.

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Demographics (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Total population 74,048 Population Estimates, 2016 [1]
White non-Hispanic55,625 76.8%
Of Color16,816 23.2%
American Indian7,320 10.1%
Asian1,001 1.4%
Black876 1.2%
Hispanic (any race)3,757 5.2%
Some other raceless than 1%
Two or more races3,807 5.3%
Population by age
Under 55,046 7.0%
5 to 1712,022 16.6%
18 to 6443,649 60.2%
65+11,724 16.2%
Median age36.7
Population by gender
Female36,235 50.0%
Male36,206 50.0%
Aging (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Total civilian, non-institutionalized population (65+)11,199
Individuals with one or more disabilities (65+)4,250 37.9%
Economy (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Median household income$47,300
Population for whom poverty status is determined69,891 [2]
In poverty11,455 16.4%
Under 51,483 30.3%
5 to 172,611 22.3%
18 to 646,382 15.2%
65+979 8.7%
Health (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Total civilian, non-institutionalized population70,217
Individuals without health insurance8,202 11.7%
Individuals with one or more disabilities10,707 15.2%
Housing (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Households paying 30% or more of income for monthly housing costs8,963 31.5%
Cost burdened owners3,768 21.4%
Cost burdened renters5,195 48.0%
Homeownership rate17,719 61.0%
White non-Hispanic16,609 67.1%
Of Color1,110 25.8%
Immigration (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Foreign born1,567 2.2%
Speaks language other than English2,753 4.1%
Speaks English less than very well671 1.0%
Transportation (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Commute time 30 minutes or longer2,839 8.4%
Workforce (American Community Survey, 2012-2016)
Proportion of adults working, 16-64 73.7%
Total adult population (25+)48,570
Less than high school3,850 7.9%
High school or equivalent13,073 26.9%
Some college or associate's degree16,817 34.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher14,830 30.5%

Notes about the data

[1] The population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program provides the most current snapshot of population for cities of this size. This estimate should be used for population counts. The American Community Survey (ACS) population counts are used to determine the share of the population for characteristics sourced from the ACS.

[2]Poverty status is determined for all people except institutionalized people, people in military group quarters, people in college dormitories, and unrelated individuals under 15 years old. These groups are excluded from the numerator and denominator when calculating poverty rates.

suppressed indicates that data were suppressed. Data have been suppressed when there were fewer than 10 people or units in a category, the percentage estimate is less than 1%, or the error margins were greater than 70% of the estimate of a numeric value (such as median income). Large error margins occur when too few people or households were in the survey sample, making the data unreliable.