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Rapid City is a city in Pennington County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Rapid Creek.
The latitude of Rapid City is 44.080N. The longitude is -103.23W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,241 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 60,876.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Rapid City demographic reports
Rapid City is in the Black Hills.
Founded by gold miners in 1876; early settlers defied Indian treaties prohibiting white settlement here.
Public transportation: Rapid Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 242. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Rated No. 2 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Dunn Brothers, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- BANFF Mountain Culture Film Festival - April 22, 2007
- Hills Alive Music Festival - July 14-15, 2007
- Canyon Lake Festival - July 14-15, 2007
- Dakota Polka Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
- Black Hills Square and Round Dance Festival - July 27-28, 2007
- West Boulevard Summer Festival - June 16-17, 2007
- Central States Fair - Aug. 17-26, 2007
- Black Hills Bluegrass Festival - June 22-24, 2007
- Black Hills Pow Wow - Oct. 5-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rapid City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Badlands National Park
Historic sites and museums: Journey Museum, Museum of Geology, Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum Collection
Colleges and universities:
South Dakota School of Mines And Technology, Western Dakota Technical Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 44
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Ancestry & family history
29% of Rapid City residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rapid City ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rapid City was $19,445, compared with $21,587 nationally.
27% of Rapid City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Rapid City festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Central States Fair - A
- Canyon Lake Festival - J
- Black Hills Bluegrass Festival - J
- Dakota Polka Festival - S
- Black Hills Pow Wow - O
- Black Hills Square and Round Dance Festival - J
- BANFF Mountain Culture Film Festival - A
- West Boulevard Summer Festival - J
- Hills Alive Music Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Rapid City festival web sites:
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Historic districts in Rapid City include Rapid City Historic Commercial District, Rapid City West Boulevard Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Rapid City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $436. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $871.
Libraries in Rapid City include Rapid City Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Rapid City include Rapid City Journal
TV stations in Rapid City include KBHE, KCLO, KEVN, KNBN, KOTA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KBHE-FM.
Pennington County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rapid City political report.
The average commute time for Rapid City workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 16 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Rapid City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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