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 (13.31%), teaching (9.22%), and management occupations (8.58%).
Because Brookings has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Brookings lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Brookings is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Brookings people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
One of the benefits of Brookings is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.99 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.
Brookings is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.15% 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 $23,689, which is middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,756 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, English, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Brookings is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.