Welcome to Rapid City, a land of wonderment, pristine ponderosa forests, rippling streams, iconic monuments and a rich western history, a place that still greets new residents, businesses and millions of annual visitors with a welcoming smile and a helping hand. It's population of 67,956 makes it the second largest city in the state. Our skilled and growing medical community serves an entire region. Our retail sector draws shoppers from four states. Our call centers serve customers nationwide. Nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base remains a strong and stable force in the nation's defense. As the economic center for a five-state, 200-mile radius, Rapid City serves a population of more than 450,000 people.
The Rapid City advantage includes a diverse economy, led by agriculture, tourism, medical services, financial services and manufacturing. Rapid City Regional Airport offers direct flights to Houston, Dallas Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Rapid City is home to one of America's top-rated engineering schools, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Rapid City and the Black Hills area is a million-acre playground for fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.
In the News:
- Rapid City ranks 20th among the nation's best small metropolitan cities for starting a business or career, according to Forbes magazine in 2011.
- Rapid City was named the fourth Best Small City in America to Launch a Business by CNNMoney.com in 2009.
- According to the Farmers Insurance 8th Annual Secure Cities Study, Rapid City is the most secure place to live in the U.S. among small towns.