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Area Description

We are proud of our home-town hospitality, our western heritage and encourage you to find out for yourself what a great place this is to retire.

Out of a campfire conversation in 1876 by a group of discouraged prospectors, the city of Rapid City was born. Named for spring-fed Rapid Creek, which flows through the city, Rapid City has a growing population of nearly 70,500 making it the second largest city in the state.

Rapid City is the center of a wide livestock and grazing area, which allows for the vibrant agriculture industry our state enjoys. As a state with low tax regulation and burden, Rapid City offers a number of business industries such as: hospitality and tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and hospital services. The Black Hills is headquarters to a number of utilities and medical centers, and is the home of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Ellsworth Air Force Base and the South Dakota National Guard Headquarters.

Tourism is Rapid City’s main industry. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists pass through Rapid City on their way to the nearby beautiful Black Hills, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore (Shrine of Democracy) and the Crazy Horse Memorial. With the beautiful Black Hills as our city’s playground, we are certain you will enjoy the indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities available in and around our city.

We are very proud of our community. But don’t just take our word for it. Rapid City has received the following designations:
“Best Small Place for Business and Careers” by Forbes in 2013.
Outdoor Life named Rapid City the “Best Town” in 2010.
The Tax Foundation’s 2014 edition of “The State Business Tax Climate Index” rated South
Dakota as the number two state for favorable tax systems.
In 2011 Rapid City was chosen as the “Most Patriotic City” by the ‘Best of the Road
Rally’, hosted by Rand McNally and USA Today.
South Dakota is ranked number two in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2014.
CNBC ‘set it in stone’ when they named South Dakota the # 1 business state in 2013.

The Rapid City area embodies all the characteristics of an ideal community.

Includes Cities/Towns: Black Hawk, Buffalo Gap, Caputa, Custer, Ellsworth Afb, Hermosa, Hill City, Hot Springs, Keystone, New Underwood, Rapid City.

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Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  13.0  25.3  37.7  0.2 "  4.8 "
 Feb  14.3  26.8  39.3  0.4 "  6.1 "
 Mar  22.3  34.8  47.3  0.9 "  8.7 "
 Apr  31.3  44.0  56.7  1.9 "  7.3 "
 May  42.0  54.3  66.7  3.6 "  1.0 "
 Jun  51.0  63.8  76.7  2.6 "  0.0 "
 Jul  58.0  71.8  85.7  2.3 "  0.0 "
 Aug  56.3  70.5  84.7  1.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  45.3  59.7  74.0  1.4 "  0.2 "
 Oct  34.0  47.5  61.0  1.5 "  2.0 "
 Nov  22.7  34.8  47.0  0.5 "  5.6 "
 Dec  13.7  25.7  37.7  0.4 "  5.2 "

Wildfires are the only natural disasters that have happened in recent times.

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Cost of Living for Rapid City and Black Hills area, SD

Rapid City and Black Hills area, South Dakota cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Rapid City and Black Hills area, SD

Rapid City and Black Hills area, South Dakota offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

Dorisann Werlinger 394-7798
Rushmore Mall-2200 N Maple
Rapid City, SD 57701
10-3 Mon-Fri (Volunteer based)

A.B.A.T.E of SD (Rushmore Chapter)
John Trudo 381-7030 or 343-8474
429 Kansas City St., Suite 11
PO Box 1223
Rapid City SD 57709 rushmoreabate.com
1st Tues. Noon, Eagles Lodge

Altrusa International
Jan Albright, 343-3998 Send Mail To:
Judy Fenske theplace@rap.midco.net
208 St. Onge Street
Rapid City SD 57702
2nd & 4th Mon, 12 1st Interstate bank

American Assoc. of University Women
Nicole Jurgensen 645-3373
PO Box 8146
Rapid City SD 57709
1st Sat. 10:00am Call for location

American Legion Post #22
Mike Ball, Commander 381-1245
Kelly Luxem or John Wheeler 342-4930
818 E St Patrick
Rapid City SD 57701
4th Wed. 6:30pm American Legion Post

American Advertising Federation
PO Box 2975
Rapid City SD 57709
Check “events” page for details

PO Box 9171 | 1124 Kansas City Street
Rapid City SD 57709

Black Hills Retired Teachers Association
Gerri Larson Pres. 605-721-4550
3440 Corral Dr. #306
Rapid City SD 57702
2nd Tues. 9:00am Canyon Lake Sr Center

Cosmopolitan Club – Noon
Jim Schuh 605-343-7998
PO Box 994
Rapid City, SD 57709-0994
Weekly Noon Mondays @ Thirsty’s

DeMolay of SD/Minneluza Chapter DeMolay
George Bauder (605) 430-2725
8020 Alfalfa Ct.
Rapid City, SD 57702-8977
1st & 3rd Thurs, 7pm @ Masonic Center

Exchange Club of Rapid City
Lonny Hofer (605) 721-1979 Lhofer56@hotmail.com
PO Box 2048, Rapid City SD 57709
2nd,3rd,4th Wed—Noon First Interstate Bank, Omaha/West Blvd

Jaycees - Rapid City
Stacie Kellogg (605)716-1885
PO Box 8191
Rapid City SD 57709
1st Thursday, 6pm, Rapid City Public Library

Kiwanis of The Foothills-Black Hawk
Sharon Wilson Secretary sharwils1@rap.midco.net
(605) 787-6102
7215 Black Hawk Rd
Black Hawk SD 57718
12:00pm Wednesday – Call for location

Kiwanis – Westside
Morgan Black. – Pres. president@rcwestside.org
PO Box 443
Rapid City SD 57709
Weekly Tues. Noon @ Golden Corral

Kiwanis – Rapid City Downtown
PO Box 652
Rapid City, SD 57709
Wednesday, Noon @ First Interstate Gateway (intersection of Omaha & I-90)

Knights of Columbus – 1489
Timothy French (605) 342-4681
PO Box 1981 1220 E Minnesota
Rapid City SD 57709
2nd Tues, 6:30pm @ Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Knights of Columbus – 8844
4500 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City SD 57702 – 4972
1st Tuesday, 6:30 – Blessed Sacrament Church

Knights of Columbus – 8025
James Blackwell – (605)923-2955
611 Bluebird Dr, Box Elder SD 57719

Lion’s Club – Metro (Downtown)
Dennis C Schaar 381-3003, 605-343-0739
PO Box 1423, Rapid City SD 57709
2nd, 4th Tuesday at 12 noon – Murphey’s

Lion's Club - Rushmore
Denis Dorman 605-341-2215
PO Box 3131
Rapid City SD 57709
Weekly, Sept-May, Wed. 6pm@American Legion

Literacy Council of the Black Hills
RC Public Library 394-4171
2200 N Maple Ave (Rushmore Mall)
Rapid City SD 57701

Networking Professionals of South Dakota
Terri Phelps, President 605-348-3160
2nd Tuesday, Noon @ Adoba

Optimist - Rapid City Noon
Greg Litton, President
PO Box 1946
Rapid City SD 57709
1st & 3rd Wed. Noon @ RC Club for Boys

Optimist - Morning
Tim Goodwin, President presentation@rcmoptimist.org
Wednesdays 7-8am @ RC Club for Boys

Rushmore Optimist Club
Dr. Phyllis Dixon 343-4670
4140 Villa Ridge Ct. Unit 112
Rapid City, SD 57702
2nd & 4th Tues. 7am @ Boys’ Club

Pennington County Republican Party
Pat Johnson, Chairman 348-8396
PO Box 1306, Rapid City 57709
3rd Tues. 11:45 Arrowhead Country Club

Rapid City Masonic Lodge No. 25
George Bauder, 348-4153
618 Kansas City Street
Rapid City SD 57701
1st & 3rd Tues, 7pm@Masonic Center

Mt. Rushmore Masonic Lodge #220
618 Kansas City Street, Rapid City 57701
2nd & 4th Thurs, 7pm, at Masonic Center

Rotary Club
Ben Watson (605)381-1256
PO Box 284 RapidCityRotary@gmail.com
Rapid City, SD 57709
Every Thurs. Noon @ Adoba Eco Hotel

Rotary Club - Rushmore
Jon Johnson, President
Every Tuesday 7am @ Alex Johnson

Toastmasters – High Energy
409 Deadwood Ave, Rapid City 57702
(605) 721-2437
3rd Wednesday, 12:00 noon, Black Hills Power

Toastmasters - Mt Rushmore
Julie Baker, 605-255-5507
PO Box 9008
Rapid City, SD 57709-9008
1st & 3rd Wed, 5:45 @RC Library Hoyt room

Noontime Thunder Toastmasters Club
300 6th St, Rapid City 57701 (605)737-3135
2nd & 4th Thursday, 12 noon @ City/School Admin Center

Toastmasters - Skyline
Every Sat. 6:30am @ The Coffee Mall
3409 West Main Street

Toastmasters - Top 5
Kathleen (605) 343-6287
Every Mon, 12 noon Black Hills Works

Women's Network of Rapid City
Lesley Wentz, President
PO Box 2131, Rapid City SD 57709-2131
2nd Wed. 11:45@ Comfort Suites off I-90

Women Veterans of the Black Hills
Debbie Leber 393-0513
2nd Saturday at 11:30 in
March, June, Sept, Dec.
Locations vary-call for information

Zonta Club of the Black Hills
PO Box 8163
Rapid City SD 57709
2nd Thurs 11:30 – 1:00pm @ Arrowhead C.C.

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