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Old 02-19-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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Looking into relocating, and have a few general questions if anyone could help.

Infrastructure: Are power outages common during winter? Does severe weather affect internet service? Husband would be working from home.

Utilites: what might we expect as a general range to pay for utilities while living in a 1 bedroom apartment or small 2 bedroom house?

Allergies: I know it varies for people with allergies, but I've read there are places known for their allergens such as the Cedar trees in central Texas, areas in Tennessee, Kentucky etc. Is Rapid City and the Black Hills a big problem in general for people with allergies and/or asthma? Hubs and I both have mild asthma and allergies that don't bother us too much where we are, but we know that could change with any environment we move to.

Health care: We'd be looking for a medical group for an HMO, any experience or suggestions?

Crime rate: I hear so many positives about Rapid City, so the crime rate surprised and confuses me. I've only seen "stats" or "grades" on other sites, but I'm not getting a picture as to what's going on and causing the crime.

For instance, my brother lives in Redding, Ca. and it's seen a worsening crime rate. There aren't a ton of murders or gang warfare but rape and assault is up and car break ins have become quite common. However, it can at least be partially (or mostly) explained by the surge in homeless people and their drug use. Redding is very warm most of the time with a relatively mild winter so lots of people living in tents in parks etc. We've visited often and it's a beautiful area with mostly good people who are trying to tackle these problems, but it's always been known as a rather stagnant city with no major industry and a dilapidated downtown. The corrupt government has at least in the past, has allowed Redding to be a dumping ground for parolees.

Hard to imagine many homeless on the streets in Rapid City with the climate there, but maybe residents with drugs and alcohol problems? Domestic abuse rampant? Crimes of opportunity because people mistakenly thing they can leave doors unlocked? Certain areas you don't want to go? Out of control tourists? Any insights would be appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

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Old 02-22-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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Power outages are pretty infrequent, at least in my experience. There have only been a couple in the last 5-6 years and they've only lasted a couple of hours.



Utilities can vary a lot so that's hard to predict but I think it would be safe to say you're looking at a couple hundre bucks at least. Water and electricity are significantly more here than other places I've lived.



Allergies aren't terrible but people do get them. There is a fair bit of pine pollen and dust but not a ton of flowering plants.


Health care is acceptable but not great. Rapid serves a very large area but lack quality specialists. We have only one real hospital so there's no competition to keep them in line. Many people will go to Denver, Sioux Falls, or even Mayo for major procedures or specialists.



Regarding crime, I'm not quite sure what to tell you. It's definitely not Mayberry but most of the serious crime is located int he less affluent parts of town. Much of it is fueled by drugs and alcohol and poverty. South Dakota is very backward in its criminal justice and social services policies and the results are pretty obvious. Property crimes such as burglaries and car break in happen even in the better parts of town, although not very often. We have a small contingent of homeless people that frequent the green belt that runs through town and they are constantly being arrested for petty crimes like public intox, panhandling, etc. I know that well and have talked to some of the police who have arrested the same person dozens of times. Again, this is due to the states backward criminal justice system. Rather than just take a drunk to detox they often just throw them in jail. We also have a very high number of police per capita compared to the national average. Our mayor is the former chief of police if that tells you anything All those cops have to justify their paychecks somehow so they spend their time arresting bums for sleeping under a bridge or kids who are smoking a joint. So I'm sure things like that drive up the crime "stats"
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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Power outages are pretty infrequent, at least in my experience. There have only been a couple in the last 5-6 years and they've only lasted a couple of hours.



Utilities can vary a lot so that's hard to predict but I think it would be safe to say you're looking at a couple hundre bucks at least. Water and electricity are significantly more here than other places I've lived.



Allergies aren't terrible but people do get them. There is a fair bit of pine pollen and dust but not a ton of flowering plants.


Health care is acceptable but not great. Rapid serves a very large area but lack quality specialists. We have only one real hospital so there's no competition to keep them in line. Many people will go to Denver, Sioux Falls, or even Mayo for major procedures or specialists.



Regarding crime, I'm not quite sure what to tell you. It's definitely not Mayberry but most of the serious crime is located int he less affluent parts of town. Much of it is fueled by drugs and alcohol and poverty. South Dakota is very backward in its criminal justice and social services policies and the results are pretty obvious. Property crimes such as burglaries and car break in happen even in the better parts of town, although not very often. We have a small contingent of homeless people that frequent the green belt that runs through town and they are constantly being arrested for petty crimes like public intox, panhandling, etc. I know that well and have talked to some of the police who have arrested the same person dozens of times. Again, this is due to the states backward criminal justice system. Rather than just take a drunk to detox they often just throw them in jail. We also have a very high number of police per capita compared to the national average. Our mayor is the former chief of police if that tells you anything All those cops have to justify their paychecks somehow so they spend their time arresting bums for sleeping under a bridge or kids who are smoking a joint. So I'm sure things like that drive up the crime "stats"
Thanks for the reply! This helps a lot.
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