Fresh air and wide open spaces await those who choose to settle down in Rapid City South Dakota. This "Gateway to the Black Hills" is large enough to feel like a city with small town charm to slow things down. With a median list price of $184,000, you'll find plenty of single-family homes dotting the landscape. For those on a budget, there are also plenty of condominium and townhouse communities.
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Rapid City has more than 67,000 residents, which actually makes it the second-largest city in South Dakota. Many of the citizens of this town work in governmental agencies such as nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base, Camp Rapid and the National Park Service. When it's time to cut loose, a thriving downtown has plenty of restaurants and boutique retail stores to meet the needs of a wide variety of customers. Away from the central business district, the town is full of Lakota Native American merchants selling everything from arts and crafts to exquisite jewelry made out of gold mined from the Black Hills.
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If you're a fan of experiencing outdoor life, Rapid City can serve as the perfect launch pad for all of your adventures. The nearby Black Hills National Forest is home to both the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials, but it also boasts campsites and 450 miles of hiking trails in varying levels of difficulty. To the east, Badlands National Park offers additional hiking and camping, and also gives visitors the opportunity to get a close look at a working paleontology lab. The town of Sturgis, which is a short half-hour drive, is well known among motorcycle enthusiasts as the site of one of the largest bike rallies in the world. History buffs can spend some time in the mining town of Deadwood and even take a tour of one of the old gold mines. Be sure to browse our listings to see just how affordable it can be to live in this outdoorsy city.