For the third year in a row, Brookings has been named the #1 Best Place to Live in South Dakota.

The ranking by Niche provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Brookings received an overall Niche grade of A+, and individual grades on selected factors as follows:

Public Schools: A
Housing: B+
Good for Families: A
Jobs: A-
Cost of Living: A-
Outdoor Activities: A-
Crime & Safety: B
Nightlife: A
Diversity: B-
Weather: B
Health & Fitness: B
Commute: A

Completing the top five list of communities for South Dakota were: #2-Dakota Dunes, #3-Madison, #4-Sioux Falls, #5-Brandon. For more information, visit


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