Rapid City, SD Senior Guide

The Rapid City, SD Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Rapid City live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Rapid City with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Rapid City, SD seniors.

  • 14% of the population of Rapid City, SD are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 32% of those seniors living in Rapid City, SD are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 6% of Rapid City senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 25% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of Rapid City, SD residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Rapid City is $16,592/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Rapid City senior is $37,899 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, South Dakota ranks 29th for Long Term Care and 23rd for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 1,879 working seniors in Rapid City Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 27% of the seniors in Rapid City are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (21%) working aged (64%) seniors (14%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Rapid City, SD.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 3,199 seniors living alone in Rapid City. Of these, 75% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

68% of males 65 and older are married compared with 43% of females.
35% of females are widowed compared with 16% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Rapid City senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 13% of Rapid City senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

27% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in South Dakota

Care TypeSouth Dakota Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,023$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in South Dakota with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

South Dakota Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of South Dakota's Long Term Care Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionSouth Dakota 2011 RankSouth Dakota 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#28#40
Choice of Setting & Provider#48#43
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#11#5
Support for Family Caregivers#14#13
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#24
Overall Rank#29#29

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for South Dakota

Click here for an expanded view of South Dakota's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant South Dakota 2013 Rank South Dakota 2015 Rank
Overall #22 #23
All Determinants #21 #25
Behaviors #24 #15
Smoking #29 #17
Chronic Drinking #7 #4
Obesity #14 #37
Underweight #25 #2
Physical Inactivity #43 #17
Dental Visit #24 #27
Pain Management #25 #42
Education #33 #33
Community #15 #24
Community & Environment - Macro #15 #24
Poverty #46 #41
Volunteerism #6 #4
Nursing Home Quality #19 #36
Community & Environment - Micro #17 #17
Food Insecurity #12 #17
Community Support #15 #13
Policy #36 #38
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #41 #41
Prescription Drug Coverage #3 #3
Geriatrician Shortfall #40 #26
Clinical Care #37 #29
Dedicated Health Care Provider #44 #38
Flu Vaccine #4 #3
Health Screenings #12 #25
Recommended Hospital Care #47 #17
Diabetes Management #43 #43
Home Health Care #47 #49
Preventable Hospitalizations #27 #28
Hospital Readmissions #9 #9
Hospice Care #47 #45
Hospital Deaths #8 #11
All Outcomes #14 #21
ICU Use #8 #12
Falls #24 #23
Hip Fracture #20 #24
Health Status #28 #29
Able-bodied #24 #26
Premature Death #17 #26
Teeth Extractions #32 #36
Poor Mental Health Days #1 #3
Multiple Chronic Conditions #11 #11
Cognition #8 #12
Depression #21 #2

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Rapid City, SD financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Rapid City is $37,899 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

39% of senior households in Rapid City earn less than $30,000 per year, while 9% earn more than $100K/year

Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Rapid City is $16,592 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Rapid City is $22,501 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Rapid City, SD are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

30% of Rapid City seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



95% of seniors living in Rapid City speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
9% of the seniors in Rapid City are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

33% of senior homeowners in Rapid City have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • South Dakota Long-Term Services & Support

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    3800 East Highway 34
    Pierre, SD 57501
    Yvette Thomas
    (605) 773-3656
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Department of Human Services- Long Term Services and Supports

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    3800 East Hway 34
    Pierre, SD 57501
    (605) 773-3656
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Health Information & Insurance Education (SHIINE)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    (605) 773-3656
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Ombudsman Program

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday

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Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.