Best Places to Live

Rapid City , SD

Population: 71,692
LIV
SCORE
635
Courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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.

Rapid City , SD Ranking Data

Civic
55
Demographics
63
Economy
60
Education
57
Health
72
Housing
78
Infrastructure
56