Rapid City growth numbers rising, ranking it among several well-known U.S. cities

RAPID CITY, S.D. — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rapid City is the fastest growing metro area in the Midwest, and among the top 8 percent in the nation.

Elevate Luncheon 5From 2020 to 2021, Rapid City grew by 1.8 percent, triple the national average. Nationally it ranks 36th, faster than cities such as Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Charlotte and Sioux Falls.

Taking the numbers into account, roughly eight to 10 people a day are coming to the area. And as more businesses move in, it could equate to thousands over the coming years.

“It means that folks are starting to see Rapid City for what it is,” President and C.E.O of Elevate Rapid City, Tom Johnson said. “And all the reason a lot of folks are here already, which is the quality of life, the downtown, the Black Hills, all the things that we like about this area.”

At least one upcoming project, the $60 million Block 5 development, is scheduled to break ground sometime this summer.

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