Rapid City is located at the front range of the Black Hills in western South Dakota. Rapid City lies on the banks of Rapid Creek and is the seat to Pennington County.

Cost of Living Analyses vs. U.S. Average Level

National COL@ 10712 24000 48000
Rent/Utilities 4735 9283 16373
Taxes (all) 1315 3756 7560
Consumables 3956 7276 13705
Transportation 634 1951 4678
Health Services 633 1170 1949
Miscellaneous 0 1065 4335
VS. City Total 11273 24501 48599

 
$10,712 – assumes a single, minimum wage earner, contributing partial rent and no automobile.
$24,000 – assumes a single parent of one child in a rented apartment and one automobile.
$48,000 – assumes two adults, two jobs, one child, two automobiles, and renting a home.
Reference: The Geographic Reference Report 2003, Economic Research Institute.

Major products include:

  • Gold Jewelry
  • Computer Circuitry
  • Cement
  • Particle Board Materials
  • Meat Packing
  • Lumber
  • Flour