Rapid Valley, South Dakota

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Population in 2010: 8,260. Population change since 2000: +17.3%
Males: 4,176  (50.6%)
Females: 4,084  (49.4%)
Median resident age:  31.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57703.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $55,320 (it was $39,816 in 2000)
Rapid Valley:

$55,320
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,275 (it was $14,841 in 2000)

Rapid Valley CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $138,088 (it was $76,000 in 2000)
Rapid Valley:

$138,088
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $129,592; Detached houses: $140,985; Townhouses or other attached units: $145,212; Mobile homes: $66,246

Median gross rent in 2013: $826.

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  • Races in Rapid Valley, SD (2013)

    Rapid Valley races chart
    • 7,98590.2%White alone
    • 3974.5%Two or more races
    • 1862.1%American Indian alone
    • 1001.1%Black alone
    • 991.1%Hispanic
    • 620.7%Asian alone

Races in Rapid Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Rapid Valley: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (32.5%), Irish (13.1%), Norwegian (5.6%), United States (5.0%), French (4.2%), English (4.2%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3100 feet

Land area: 10.1 square miles.

Population density: 814 people per square mile   (low).

Rapid Valley,SD real estate house value index trend

Rapid Valley, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Rapid Valley:

  • High school or higher: 94.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.4%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rapid Valley CDP:

  • Never married: 31.3%
  • Now married: 52.7%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 2.3%
  • Divorced: 12.3%

95 residents are foreign born

This place:

1.3%
South Dakota:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,792 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,763 (1.4%)

Rapid Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (4.1 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (304.9 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (796.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Green Valley, SD (1.6 miles ), Rapid City, SD (2.0 miles ), Ashland Heights, SD (2.1 miles ), Box Elder, SD (2.2 miles ), Ellsworth AFB, SD (2.5 miles ), Colonial Pine Hills, SD (2.9 miles ), Blackhawk, SD (3.2 miles ), Summerset, SD (3.7 miles ).

Latitude: 44.07 N, Longitude: 103.15 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -4,856 (-54.8%)
Workers who live and work in this place: 230 (4.7%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 605

Rapid Valley household income distribution Rapid Valley home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.1%
South Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (32%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Rapid Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Rapid Valley, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Rapid Valley-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 58% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/11/1991, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.0 miles away from the Rapid Valley place center injured 20 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1967, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 2.6 miles away from the place center injured 3 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rapid Valley-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 19% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 373.0 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 168.0 miles away from Rapid Valley center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 529.1 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 138.3 miles away from the city center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 140.3 miles away from Rapid Valley center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 377.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Pennington County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Fires: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rapid Valley topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Rapid Valley:

  • WESTHILLS VILLAGE HEALTH CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • RAPID CITY REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • RAPID CITY REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOSPICE OF THE HILLS (Hospital, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - BELLA VISTA (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • BLACK HILLS SURGICAL HOSPITAL LLP Acute Care Hospitals (about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • BLACK HILLS REHAB HOSP (Hospital, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)
  • BLACK HILLS REHABILITATION HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 4 miles away; RAPID CITY, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rapid Valley:

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 3 miles; Rapid City, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,102)
  • Black Hills State University (about 47 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • Chadron State College (about 87 miles; Chadron, NE; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • Casper College (about 182 miles; Casper, WY; FT enrollment: 2,770)
  • Sheridan College (about 194 miles; Sheridan, WY; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • University of Mary (about 218 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • Laramie County Community College (about 222 miles; Cheyenne, WY; FT enrollment: 3,288)

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Pennington County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 120. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

120
U.S.:

75

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 7.48. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.48
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.241. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.241
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 33.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

33.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 38.4. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 3.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

38.4
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.90. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.90
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.6%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.4% for American Indian residents, 19.4% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  75.5%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.1%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.2
South Dakota average:

10.0

Rapid Valley travel time to work - commute Rapid Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Rapid Valley CDP (based on Pennington County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant16,33867
Mainline Protestant14,19628
Catholic7,07210
Other3,76012
Black Protestant1861
Orthodox601
None59,336-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Pennington County:

1.66 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Pennington County:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 54
Pennington County:

5.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 82
Here:

8.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.9%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Pennington County:

24.5%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.3%
State:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.9%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

46.8%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Rapid Valley:

29.2
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Rapid Valley:

23.0%
South Dakota:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Rapid Valley:

8.7%
South Dakota:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

36.7%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

57.1%
South Dakota:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.6%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Rapid Valley, SD Residents

8.14% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,665 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.14%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

0.26% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,514 average AGI)
Pennington County:

0.26%
South Dakota average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Meade County, SD  1.20% ($30,702 average AGI)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.26% ($27,196)
from Lawrence County, SD  0.26% ($26,075)


9.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,867 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.25%
South Dakota average:

7.77%

0.22% of residents moved to foreign countries ($817 average AGI)
Pennington County:

0.22%
South Dakota average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Meade County, SD  2.32% ($46,671 average AGI)
to Lawrence County, SD  0.30% ($23,298)
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.29% ($27,252)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rapid Valley:

  • KIMM (1150 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: KIMM RADIO, INC.)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KTOQ (1340 AM; 1 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: HAUGO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KOTA (1380 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KDSJ (980 AM; 5 kW; DEADWOOD, SD; Owner: GOLDRUSH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZMX (580 AM; 2 kW; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: MT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KUYO (830 AM; daytime; 25 kW; EVANSVILLE, WY; Owner: WYOMING CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rapid Valley:

  • KLMP (97.9 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KZLK (106.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: STEVEN E.DUFFY)
  • KIQK (104.1 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: HAUGO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KKMK (93.9 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • K258AJ (99.5 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KOUT (98.7 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFXS (100.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KBHE-FM (89.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KQRQ (92.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: NEW GENERATION BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • K221DN (92.1 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: ASSOCIATED INVESTORS, INC.)
  • K212BE (90.3 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KAWK (105.1 FM; CUSTER, SD; Owner: MOUNT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSLT (107.3 FM; SPEARFISH, SD; Owner: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KZZI (95.9 FM; BELLE FOURCHE, SD; Owner: WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA BROADCASTING, L)
  • KDDX (101.1 FM; SPEARFISH, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)
  • KRCS (93.1 FM; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KSQY (95.1 FM; DEADWOOD, SD; Owner: HAUGO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KRKI (99.5 FM; NEWCASTLE, WY; Owner: MICHAEL RADIO GROUP)
  • K289AI (105.7 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K278AN (103.5 FM; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)

TV broadcast stations around Rapid Valley:

  • KOTA-TV (Channel 3; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)
  • KEVN-TV (Channel 7; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: KEVN, INC.)
  • KBHE-TV (Channel 9; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KNBN (Channel 21; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZWB-LP (Channel 27; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K33CO (Channel 33; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KCLO-TV (Channel 15; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF RAPID CITY, INC.)
  • K15AC (Channel 15; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT TV OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 25m82ftTotal length
  • 48,675Total average daily traffic
  • 3,243Total average daily truck traffic
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED38$147,34220$123,84585$109,70415$37,8129$141,66713$63,541
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$200,0101$77,96011$118,1971$34,1900$01$41,280
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$138,8993$107,68728$109,32411$17,1511$45,4207$44,336
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$155,3672$85,24023$127,7531$29,0400$03$83,380
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$01$154,0800$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0109.02 , 0109.03

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$140,1504$169,088
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$02$109,510
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0109.02 , 0109.03

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (74%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Rapid Valley compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.

Rapid Valley on our top lists:

  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities that people commute from (largest negative percentage daily daytime population change due to commuting) (population 5,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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