Rapid Valley, SD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rapid Valley, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The Rapid Valley Census Designated Place had a population of 9,016 as of July 1, 2016. Rapid Valley ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rapid Valley is located at latitude 44.0756 and longitude -103.1248 in Pennington County. The formal boundaries for the Rapid Valley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pennington County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,156 feet.

The Rapid Valley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393201) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Rapid Valley Census Designated Place is located within Unorganized Territory of Central Pennington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pennington County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rapid Valley population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Rapid Valley, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,016
Population in Households 9,002
Population in Familes 7,518
Population in Group Qrtrs 14
Population Density1 1,213
Diversity Index2 31


Total Households 3,254
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 2,385
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,344 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,664 (79.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 589 (17.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 90 ( 2.7%)
Median Home Value $150,128
Average Home Value $156,149


Median Household Income $56,765
Average Household Income $66,428
Per Capita Income $24,346
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.41% 1.57%
Households 1.38% 1.55%
Families 0.9% 1.43%
Median Household Income   1.46%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Rapid Valley, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rapid Valley to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 14 97th
Population Density1 # 61 85th
Diversity Index2 # 69 83rd
Median Household Income # 72 82nd
Per Capita Income # 267 32nd

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