Rapid City

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While there is much to love about this city as the previous reviewer indicated, being able to afford attractions and the natural beauty is not possible for many of the residents who live here--probably 50% or more. Wages are below average for many professions, yet housing costs are too high for the average worker, which explains the higher percentage of people renting rather than owning. The near north side has crime as high as many major cities with many people living in cramped living quarters (trailer parks abound within the city as do prefab and basic houses with less than 900 or less sf of living space and typically no garage or basement). Many houses have substandard construction. Like most cities, the substandard housing is primarily confined to the low-wage earners living closer to the center and north of downtown - those in fast food and tourist industries, but also some fire fighters, police, and teachers. A new business that sought to come to Rapid wanted to start workers' pay at twice minimum wage, but they were advised to decrease that wage because other local business wanted to keep wages at a minimum and didn't want their workers to be disgruntled and demand higher wages. Many streets need repair, there are an abundance of casinos, pawn stores, and liquor stores, and the number of inebriated homeless are higher than average. You will only get the best of both worlds, as the previous reviewer mentioned, if you know for certain you can come here and earn a higher than average wage which will allow you to live in the more beautiful areas of town and indulge yourself in all the area has to offer. For the rest of you, expect to work two jobs to make ends meet.
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