Brookings, OR
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Brookings is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 6,476 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Brookings is the 71st largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities, Brookings isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Brookings are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brookings is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookings who work in sales jobs (14.59%), office and administrative support (13.01%), and management occupations (8.54%).

Brookings is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of Brookings is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.95 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

As is often the case in a small city, Brookings doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In terms of college education, Brookings is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.26% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Brookings in 2010 was $25,209, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,836 for a family of four. However, Brookings contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brookings is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brookings home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brookings residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Brookings include Irish, English, French , and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Brookings is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.

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