Rapid City, South Dakota
Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
Proximity to hospitals is a key consideration in deciding the most suitable care option. In total, there are 4 hospitals located in Rapid City which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals that service Rapid City include Regional Health Rapid City Hospital, Phis Indian Hospital At Rapid City - Sioux San, and Black Hills Surgical Hospital Lip.
Cost of Living
The neighborhood in which a facility is based might have a huge impact on the cost of care. The total cost of living is a major influence when choosing which community works for your loved one. In Rapid City, the cost of living index is around 98.1 based on an average score of 100, where any score under 100 is cheaper than the average. Rapid City has a grocery index of around 106.8. The median monthly rent in Rapid City is around $1,004 and the median home value for Rapid City is approximately $170,637. The rent burden for Rapid City is around 18.6% of the average person's monthly income.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
For many seniors, climate and weather are often the most significant factors in determining a care destination. On average, the air quality index rating in Rapid City is approximately 46.3. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. The air quality index rating reaches its peak during December at around 60.8. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. Monthly, Rapid City receives around 7 inches of precipitation. The most rain usually falls in October with an average of 36 inches in a month. For snowfall, Rapid City receives an average of 38.00 inches of snow per year. On average, Rapid City has a humidity rating of around 60%. The average humidity levels peak in December at around 66%. During the summertime, Rapid City is around 74F. The low summer temperature drops to around 57F during the month of June. The summer high temperature rises to around 93F in the month of July. Over the winter, the average temperature in Rapid City drops to around 28F. The high winter temperature gets to approximately 40F in the month of January. The lowest winter temperature will rise to roughly 17 F in the month of December. Rapid City has a cold semi-arid type of climate.
Demographics and Values
Racially, the population of Rapid City is 79.7% white, 5.6% mixed race, 1.2% black, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 11.4% Native American, 5.0% Hispanic, 1.5% Asian, and 0.6% other or not specified. Rapid City has a population density of 526 people per square mile. The current population of Rapid City is growing at a rate of 0.013%. In Rapid City, 13.4% of the population are veterans of the United States military. Rapid City is considered very unfriendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In terms of crime, Rapid City has 38.6 property crimes per 1000 residents and 6.5 violent crimes per 1000 residents. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Rapid City, out of the total population 0.1% practice Judaism, 0.0% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.3% practice Islam. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Rapid City 12.1% are Lutherans, 7.3% practice Catholicism, and 4.7% are Methodists. In Rapid City, 57.5% are nonbelievers. Of the population of Rapid City 10.8% have a graduate degree, 26.0% have a high-school diploma, and 31.2% have a college degree. Based on gender, 50.3% are female and 49.7% are male. In Rapid City, 29.6% of the population are over the age of 55, 11.5% are over the age of 60, 6.6% are over the age of 70, and 4.9% are over the age of 80. The median age of Rapid City is 37 years old. In the previous presidential election, 62.4% voted Republican, 29.5% voted Democrat, and 8.1% voted for a third party candidate in Pennington county. In Rapid City, 65.7% participate in the labor force, 14.4% have some form of disability, 6.0% are widowed, and 11.8% do not have health insurance.
An overview of South Dakota
Out of a national average of 100, South Dakota has a cost of living index rating of 99, a grocery index rating of 107, and a housing index rating of 110. There are 62 hospitals and 52 health centers that service a population of 891,276. The three highest ranked hospitals in South Dakota are Dunes Surgical Hospital, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital Lip, and Avera Heart Hospital Of South Dakota. Overall, South Dakota ranks 20th out of all states in quality of life and 32nd in healthcare. The natural beauty of South Dakota is ranked 2nd in the nation.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 37, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. The state of South Dakota ranks 39th in the country for diversity. Thirty-six percent of South Dakota residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 1,819 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-25%, Mainline Protestant-32%, and Historically Black Protestant-1%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In South Dakota there are 83 masonic lodges. During the latest presidential election, 62% voted for the Republican candidate while 32% voted for the Democratic candidate.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in South Dakota is 34.8 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of August with a rating of around 47.9 AQI. During the winter, the average temperature in South Dakota drops to around 21F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 44F during the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around -1F in the month of January. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 70F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 91F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 47F during the month of June. The average humidity across the state is 66%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 77%. The average monthly precipitation for the state of South Dakota is around 1.79 inches. The most precipitation occurs in May with an average of 4.80 inches of precipitation a month. While residents of South Dakota mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in South Dakota can include earthquakes (high), floods, and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in South Dakota
The state of South Dakota has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of soap weed yucca, prairie smoke, littleleaf pussyfoots, and plains prickly pear. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Virginia opossum, the Canadian lynx, the evening bat, or the mule deer. The state animal of South Dakota is the the coyote.