The Rushmore Regional Trade Area includes over 470,000 people within 200 miles. As such, Rapid City and the surrounding Rushmore Region Communities offer retail trade, medical and professional services, and recreation opportunities second to none. Over the past decade, Rapid City has consistently been nationally ranked for retail sales per household and continues to perform at record levels, even during the recent recession.

  • South Dakota #1 State for Business in 2013 (CNBC Ranking) (see more here)
  • South Dakota #2 Business Tax Climate by the Tax Foundation (see more here)
  • South Dakota ranked #2 in Well-Being (see more here)
  • The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study consistently ranks South Dakota in the top 10 Best States in the nation for business (see more here)
  • Rapid City ranked #9 Best Small City for Business and Careers by Forbes in 2013 (see more here)
  • Rapid City #1 – Best Towns 2010 (see more here)
  • 2010 Men’s Journal Magazine – Best Places to Live/Build Your Dream House – Black Hills, SD (see more here)
  • Rapid City #4 in CNN Money’s Best Places to Launch a Business
  • Rapid City Public Library named to USA Today Top 10
  • How Friendly Are the States Toward Entrepreneurship? South Dakota is Top Ranked
  • South Dakota Rated Friendliest State for Entrepreneurship (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)
  • South Dakota ranked number one in small business survival index for 2003 (Small Business Survival Committee)
  • Named Pocket of Prosperity (Business Week)