Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexRapid CitySouth DakotaNational
Income per capita$31,723$27,516$29,829
Median household income$53,760$52,078$55,322
Median income owner occupied$71,761$66,299$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,803$30,800$35,192
Median earnings male$31,970$35,140$36,919
Median earnings female$27,548$24,451$26,250
Unemployment rate2.9%2.8%4.7%
Poverty level16.2%14.0%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Rapid City is 6% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Rapid City is 3% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Rapid City is 38% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Rapid City is 7% higher than the national average

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      $35,836 $53,760 $107,520
      $34,715 $52,078 $104,156
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Rapid City employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry13.9%13.9%
      Manufacturing sector8.1%8.1%
      Financial & insurance services4.1%4.1%
      Wholesale & retail services18.2%18.2%
      Public administration5.7%5.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.2%6.2%
      Education, health & social services12.1%12.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Summerset, SD2,607$90,45563.5%
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      Blackhawk, SD3,029$68,00322.9%
      Rapid Valley, SD8,553$64,56416.7%
      Green Valley, SD1,252$64,04815.8%
      Rapid City, SD76,541$53,7602.8%

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      Rapid City, SD76,541$53,7602.8%
      Source: The Rapid City, SD employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).