Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Moving to Rapid City: Frequently Asked Questions


The decision to move is a big one. Whether you are moving across the street, state or across the country, there are questions that need answers. Because we offer relocation packets of information, we hear from a lot of people considering Rapid City as their next home. Our community profile and business directory is a great way to get introduced to all Rapid City has to offer you, your family or your business. Sometimes, that’s just not enough. These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Rapid City from people considering a move. Have a question that you want answered? Be sure to contact us! We’d love to give you the information you need to confidently move to Rapid City.

What is the unemployment rate in Rapid City?
Rapid City has a 3.64% unemployment rate compared to the national average of 5.9%. The Chamber has an active Workforce Development Committee for anyone interested in getting involved. These employment agencies are available to assist you in finding your dream job.

What taxes can I expect to pay if I move to Rapid City?
Rapid City and South Dakota boast NO corporate income tax, NO personal income tax, NO business inventory tax and NO personal property taxes. This makes Rapid City a great place to relocate your business to.

The state sales tax rate is 4.5%, local/city tax rate is 2% and there is a tourism tax of 1% for select industries.

Where can I find a short-term rental while I shop for a home in Rapid City?
We would recommend reaching out to one of our members in real estate and rentals to assist you with temporary housing. An additional resource we would recommend is the South Dakota Housing Authority.

How do Rapid City schools compare?
21 of the 24 schools reported in the School Performance Index scored Progressing or higher for the Rapid City school district. You can view the full 2016-2017 report card from the South Dakota Department of Education here.

What public transportation options are available?

The Rapid Transit System offers affordable fares and convenient routes throughout the city.  Rapid Ride is a public bus system which also allows students to ride for free. The dial-a-ride program is a curb to curb/door to door transportation service. The City View Trolley operates seasonally Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

Lyft has recently come to Rapid City as a convenient ride share option.

Those looking for airport transportation can contact Airport Express.

What is the weather like in Rapid City?

Rapid City embraces all four seasons. You can expect an average high temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit in July and an average low temperature of 34 degrees in January. For the most part you will experience sunshine and mild temperatures, perfect for all the outdoor recreation opportunities in your backyard!

What opportunities are there for arts and culture in Rapid City?

With more than a dozen galleries, museums and outdoor exhibits, you will find plenty of options to immerse yourself in the arts and culture scene in Rapid City.

Rapid City is also home to the premier American Indian cultural event in the United States. The Black Hills Powwow, held each October, attracts hundreds of dancers, singers and artisans.

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Chamber Events

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Community Events

December 14

SCROOGE OF DEADWOOD

When:  5:30pm / COMFORT INN DEADWOOD

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December 14

Parade of Christmas Trees

When:  6:00pm / 3777 Anderson Rd., Rapid City, SD

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December 15

SCROOGE OF DEADWOOD

When:  5:30pm / COMFORT INN DEADWOOD

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December 16

High Plains Live! Featuring: Shrine of Democracy Chorus

When:  2:00pm / Western Heritage Center, 825 Heritage Dr., Spearfish, SD

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