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Population of Rapid City, SD

Last official estimated population of Rapid City city (Pennington County**, South Dakota state) was 72,638 (year 2014)[1]. This was 0.023% of total US population and 8.46% of total South Dakota state population. Area of Rapid City city is 54.8 mi² (=142 km²)[6], in this year population density was 1,324.79 p/mi². If population growth rate would be same as in period 2010-2014 (+1.68%/yr), Rapid City city population in 2021 would be 81,621*.


Historical population

Historical population of Rapid City city for period 1880-2014:

Rapid City city on population map

Estimated population for 2014[1]. Click on flag to hide it.

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Annual growth rate

[1880-1890] +8.53 %/yr
[1890-1900] -4.51 %/yr
[1900-1910] +9.92 %/yr
[1910-1920] +5.28 %/yr
[1920-1930] +6.12 %/yr
[1930-1940] +2.84 %/yr
[1940-1950] +6.22 %/yr
[1950-1960] +5.29 %/yr
[1960-1970] +0.34 %/yr
[1970-1980] +0.59 %/yr
[1980-1990] +1.72 %/yr
[1990-2000] +0.98 %/yr
[2000-2005] +0.79 %/yr
[2005-2010] +1.45 %/yr
[2010-2014] +1.68 %/yr

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Settlements near Rapid City city

Box Elder city population 7.6 mi, 68°
Sturgis city 27.7 mi, 327°
Summerset city 10.8 mi, 324°
Custer city 28.4 mi, 222°
Hill City city 19.8 mi, 241°
Piedmont city 12.4 mi, 322°
New Underwood city 19 mi, 84°
Hermosa town 16 mi, 175°
Keystone town 16 mi, 220°
Fairburn town 26.5 mi, 179°


Sources, notices

*Calculated by population.us from last known population growth rate, not official data.

**Some cities are placed on more than one county. Only 1 county is shown.

[1] Cities and Towns (Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions) 2014, archived from the original, retrieved 02/23/2016

[2] City and Town Intercensal Estimates (2000-2010), archived from the original, retrieved 02/23/2016

[3] Places: 1990 and 1999 Populations, With Numeric and Percent Population Change, archived from the original, retrieved 02/23/2016

[4] Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places: 1980,

[5] Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places in history,

[6] Area, latitude longitude data, retrieved 02/23/2016

[7] Through the Decades, Overview 1790-2010, PDF, large files! >100 Mb

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