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Retirement Living In Rapid City and Black Hills area - South Dakota

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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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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Rapid City and Black Hills area, South Dakota?

For those of you that retire in Rapid City and Black Hills area, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect a few days of rain. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Rapid City and Black Hills area such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Rapid City and Black Hills area is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Expect some days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Rapid City and Black Hills area, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  14  26  38
 Feb  16  28  40
 Mar  23  35  48
 Apr  32  45  58
 May  43  55  67
 Jun  52  64  77
 Jul  59  72  86
 Aug  57  71  85
 Sep  46  60  75
 Oct  35  48  61
 Nov  23  35  47
 Dec  14  26  37

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  5
 Feb  0  26  4
 Mar  0  25  1
 Apr  0  15  0
 May  0  3  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  10  0  0
 Aug  9  0  0
 Sep  3  1  0
 Oct  0  11  0
 Nov  0  24  1
 Dec  0  29  4

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  0 "  4  13 %
 Feb  1 "  5  15 %
 Mar  1 "  6  22 %
 Apr  2 "  8  28 %
 May  4 "  11  39 %
 Jun  3 "  11  49 %
 Jul  2 "  9  53 %
 Aug  2 "  7  51 %
 Sep  2 "  6  41 %
 Oct  2 "  6  30 %
 Nov  1 "  4  21 %
 Dec  0 "  4  13 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  5 "  12  4
 Feb  6 "  10  4
 Mar  9 "  8  4
 Apr  7 "  3  3
 May  1 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  2 "  1  1
 Nov  6 "  6  3
 Dec  5 "  12  4

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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:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Rapid City and Black Hills area Offer For Retirees?

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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