Brookings, South Dakota

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Brookings, South Dakota

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.

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High Points

Brookings strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Dakota):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Brookings Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Brookings College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Brookings Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 7% Brookings Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Brookings Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 11% Brookings Median Family Income
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Brookings Affordability of Rents
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 18% Brookings Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Brookings, South Dakota

Comparing Brookings to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 5 10
Well-Paid Single Men 5 9
Racial Diversity 3 10
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 4
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 5
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 6 9
People in Middle Class or Better 3 4
People Above Poverty 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Working at Home 6 4
Public Transportation Use 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 3
People Living Alone 9 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Brookings Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,504 100%
Male 9,240 49.9%
Female 9,264 50.1%
Under 18 3,225 17.4%
18+ 15,279 82.6%
65+ 1,834 9.9%
Median Age 23.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 17,670 95.5%
African-American 81 0.4%
Asian 348 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 184 1%
Other 49 0.3%
Mixed Race 162 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 139 0.8%

Estimated Brookings Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,715
Growth 211
Growth % 1.1%

Brookings Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 40.5%
Norwegian 22.6%
Irish 6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.4%
English 3.5%
Dutch 2.9%
Swedish 2.8%
US/American 2.6%
Danish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Polish 1.3%
Italian 1%
Czech 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
Finnish 0.5%
Iranian 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Liberian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Brookings 18,504 $49,246
Aurora 500 $43,500
Bruce 272 $46,786
Elkton 677 $47,969
Sinai 133 $39,750
Volga 1,435 $51,131
White 530 $40,547

Brookings Public Libraries

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

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

Starbucks in Brookings

(As of 2005)
Hy Vee Foods
790 22nd Ave S

Wal-mart in Brookings

(As of 2006)
2233 6Th St.
(605) 692-6332
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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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