A classic car cruises past a rocky side of the Black Hills near Rapid City.

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 55
Demographics 63
Economy 60
Education 57
Health 72
Housing 78
Infrastructure 56

#16. Rapid City, SD

Located between Badlands National Park and the Black Hills mountain range, 25 miles northeast of Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City gives residents amazing outdoor amenities, a vibrant arts scene and many affordable housing options. Nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base and Camp Rapid, a U.S. Army National Guard post, are among the major economic forces in Rapid City, which also has a growing manufacturing sector and excellent health care. Parents praise schools in Rapid City, which is known as “The City of Presidents” thanks to its collection of life-sized bronze statues of each American president.

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