Rapid City, SD Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-07
Rapid City's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
11 out of 19
In South Dakota
1,974 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Rapid City is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Rapid City, SD?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Rapid City has an overall cost of living index of 92 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only South Dakota, Rapid City has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than South Dakota's index of 91.

The standard of living in Rapid City ranks as #1,974 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in South Dakota. By definition, that implies Rapid City ranks as the #4,444 most expensive place in the Mount Rushmore State.

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Rapid City Cost Of Living Vs. South Dakota

Living Expense Rapid City South Dakota National Average
Overall 92 91 100
Services 93 94 100
Groceries 100 97 100
Health 98 96 100
Housing 86 79 100
Transportation 90 93 100
Utilities 91 88 100
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Rapid City Cost of Living Vs. SD

Rapid City, SD Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in South Dakota, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Rapid City South Dakota United States
Median Home Value $194,100 $174,600 $229,800
Median Rent $855 $761 $1,096
Median Income $53,760 $59,896 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.6x 2.9x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.19x 0.15x 0.2x

Detailed Rapid City Services Costs Vs. South Dakota

Item Rapid City South Dakota
Shampoo $1.17 $1.06
Movie $9.0 $10.68
Bowling $12.0 $14.67

Detailed Rapid City Groceries Costs Vs. South Dakota

Item Rapid City South Dakota
Ground Beef $3.94 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.34 $1.39
Milk $2.02 $2.05

Detailed Rapid City Health Costs Vs. South Dakota

Item Rapid City South Dakota
Haircut $15.74 $18.62
Beauty Salon $23.63 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.17 $2.34

Detailed Rapid City Transportation Costs Vs. South Dakota

Item Rapid City South Dakota
Potatoes $2.6 $3.29
Pizza $11.2 $10.62
Beer $9.52 $9.38
Optometrist $174.08 $108.57
Doctor $118.42 $116.17
Dentist $77.12 $99.13

Detailed Rapid City Utilities Costs Vs. South Dakota

Item Rapid City South Dakota
Gasoline $2.1 $2.22
Tire Balancing $42.58 $50.07
All Electricity $134.29 $167.67
Phone $187.6 $175.64

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