Brookings is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 23,657 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Brookings is the fourth largest community in South Dakota.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brookings is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brookings is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookings who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), teaching (8.67%), and sales jobs (8.64%).
Brookings is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Brookings have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Brookings’s economy is one such example of this.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Brookings spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.10 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Brookings is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.51% of adults in Brookings have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Brookings in 2010 was $21,786, which is lower middle income relative to South Dakota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,144 for a family of four. However, Brookings contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brookings include Norwegian, Irish, Dutch, and English.
The most common language spoken in Brookings is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.