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Overview

Introduction to Brookings, South Dakota

Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings county, is 52 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 180 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city has a population of 18,504.

Brookings History

Brookings was named in honor of Wilmot Wood Brookings, a frontier judge and the first provisional governor of the Dakota Territory. The area was surveyed and platted in 1879. The first railroad reached the city on October 18, 1879. In the same year, it was named the seat of Brookings County, which was established on July 3, 1871. Prior to that, Medary was the county seat.

Brookings and nearby Attractions

  • Brookings Mall
  • South Dakota Art Museum
  • State Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • Oakwood Lakes State Park
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

Things To Do In Brookings

There are several parks in Brookings. These include the Pioneer Park, Sexauer Park and Hillcrest Park. The Brookings Mall and University Mall are the local shopping destinations. The South Dakota Art Museum and the State Agricultural Heritage Museum are popular local destinations as well. One can also plan a family day trip to the Lake Poinsett Recreation Area or the Oakwood Lakes State Park. Local festivals include the Harvest Festival, the Summer Arts Festival and Hobo Days.

Brookings Transportation

Flights are available from Joe Foss Field Airport.

Brookings Higher Education

South Dakota State University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Southwest State University, North Dakota State College of Science and the University of South Dakota.

People

Total Population 22,974
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 13,141
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 35.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,250
% Above Poverty Level 80.5%
% Below Poverty Level 19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $664
Median House Value $159,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brookings Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 180 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Brookings
Standard Zip Codes 57006
Company Zip Codes 57007
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.311
Longitude -96.798

Brookings Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BROOKINGS 2 NE
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 22.8 inches
Station WENTWORTH 2 WNW
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
Station CLEAR LAKE
Distance 30.9 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brookings, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lake Campbell (57006)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 705 $65,500
Bruce 168 $71,250
Elkton 728 $70,000
Sinai 130 $71,250
Volga 2,401 $64,032
White 490 $58,333

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brookings Public Libraries

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Brookings Public Library
515 THIRD STREET
Brookings, South Dakota
(605) 692-9407
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Brookings Hospitals

BROOKINGS HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
300 22ND AVE
(605) 696-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brookings High Schools

BROOKINGS HI SCH
530 ELM AVE
605-696-4100
Serves 841 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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Historic Brookings

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Harvest scene near Brookings c1898.

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Harvest scene near Brookings c1898.

Harvest scene near Brookings c1898.

A Harvest field between 1880 and 1898

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