Regional Profile

Community Accolades

- #16 - Best Performing Micropolitans in the Country (Policom, 2020)
- #1 - Best Cities To Live in S.D. (Chamber of Commerce, 2019)
- #1 - Best College Town in S.D. (Travel Pulse, 2019)
- #7 - Most Arts-Vibrant Small Cities in the U.S. (SMU DataArts 2019)
- Named National Micropolitan Success Story (Walton Family Foundation, 2018)
- #2 - Safest Cities in S.D. (Alarms.org, 2018)
- #1 - Best Places to Live in S.D. (Niche, 2018, 2017, 2016)
- #8 - Top College Towns in America (Schools.com, 2017)
- #25 - Best Cities for Entrepreneurs in America (Livability/Entrepreneur, 2017)
- #2 - Best School Districts in South Dakota (Niche, 2019, 2018, 2017)
- #1 - Safest College Town in America (Safewise, 2015)
- #5 - Safest City in America (ADTSecurity, 2015)
- One of 11 Communities Chosen Nationwide (and only non-metro area) for "Case Study for Positive Economic Transformation"​ (State of Indiana Study, 2014)
- #5 - Top 10 Best Small Towns in America (Livability, 2013)

Population

City of Brookings

Year: 2020   Source: U.S. Census

Brookings County

Year: 2020   Source: U.S. Census

Market Area

25 Mile Radius of Brookings

Population Trends

Up 26%

Since 2005 - City of Brookings

24,794

2021 Projection - City of Brookings

Up 20%

Since 2005 - Brookings County

Households and Income

$60,250

Median Family Income

Up 25%

Since 2010 - City of Brookings

$159,400

Median Value Owner Occupied Homes

Industry & Employment

+1,000

Job Growth since 2010

Top Employers

Brookings South Dakota

2nd Largest

Employer of Manufacturing in South Dakota

Brookings Economic Development Corporation
2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113
Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 697-8103  |  bedc@brookingsedc.com