Brookings is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 23,895 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Brookings is the fourth largest community in South Dakota.
Brookings real estate is some of the most expensive in South Dakota, although Brookings house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Brookings is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.88%), sales jobs (9.79%), and teaching (9.66%).
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.
One of the benefits of Brookings is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.29 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Brookings is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Brookings, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Brookings ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Brookings, 47.25% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Brookings in 2010 was $24,793, which is middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,172 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.