Amenities and Tourism Assets
Cost of Living
Quality of Life
Rapid City is known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and as the region's tourism, recreation, economic, medical, employment and retail hub. Where else, but in Rapid City, South Dakota can you combine the nation's best business climate with unmatched beauty and recreation?
From a business perspective, it's hard to argue with the benefits in South Dakota. We were recently rated the 10th most livable state in America. We have the 7th lowest cost of living index. And we're the 7th safest state in nation.
While people in more metropolitan areas spend hours of drive time, the state average commute in South Dakota is 13.8 minutes. What that means is more time for golfing, fishing, hiking, relaxing with family or doing whatever it is that makes you happiest.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no better place to be than Western South Dakota. Recreational opportunities are truly limited only by your imagination. Outdoor lovers participate in everything from hiking to fishing to rock climbing. If skiing is your thing, our winters provide you with the opportunity to cross country or downhill ski. In the summer, break out your skis and enjoy some of the calmest waters around.
If you're more into cultural activities, Western South Dakota has much to offer. This area of the state has played host to many traveling theater groups, international dance troupes and national powwow competitions.
Some say living in South Dakota is like a dream come true. We work hard, we play hard. We make a profit, we keep that profit. We have the time to do the things that are important to us … and we think that's the way life is meant to be.