Ellsworth AFB, SD Housing and Relocation Information
Ellsworth AFB is located near Rapid City, one of South Dakota's largest cities, so there is plenty to do and see, however this area of the state is surrounded by plenty of national forest and parkland, so the small communities nearby are more rural. You can use your BAH to rent on post housing, or to rent/purchase your own home in the Rapid City area.
Rapid City is the second largest city in the state, with about 69,000 people, and is the county seat of Pennington County, population around 101,000. The city is divided by a ridge. Ellsworth is outside of the city, closer to the East Side. The area is somewhat hilly, being in two valleys, with floodplains, which are usually parkland. Additional nearby communities include Box Elder, Rapid Valley, Blackhawk, and Ashland Heights. It is about 20-30 minutes from downtown Rapid City to Ellsworth in good weather. The cities near Ellsworth AFB are: Box Elder, Ashland Heights, Rapid City, Black Hawk, Colonial Pine Hills, and Green Valley.
About Ellsworth AFB
Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to the 28th Bomb Wing, which flies the B1 "Bone" bomber and is one of two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber bases in the country. It is named for Brig. General Richard E. Ellsworth, a RB-36 Peacemaker pilot who crashed in Newfoundland after having flown over 400 missions during World War II, and is located near Rapid City, South Dakota. For more information click here.