61 reviews
  1. Town in South Dakota
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$664
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    68
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    21
    41
  • Robbery
    17
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    260
    525
  • Theft
    1,332
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,175
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges

Brookings Reviews

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Brookings is the perfect college town! It is small enough that it feels homey, yet has all the amenities necessary. The downtown is cute and has a good nightlife. There is a large variety of bars to choose from as well as many cute boutiques to fulfill your shopping needs! For a small town, Brookings has plenty of food choices to choose from, so the small town is not limited in that aspect. Another positive aspect about small town living is the people are close knit so they strongly support the college students. I moved from a bigger city to Brookings expecting the small town life to be boring and for the people not to care about the college, however I was pleasantly surprised after living here for almost four months. Brookings is a family friendly town that truly develops a relationship with students who attend the college. I could definitely see myself living here after I graduate!
Brookings . South Dakota is a small collage town. It offers students at SDSU Brookings a safe, clean place to go to school. Many businesses and down town area with in walking distance from the school campus. There is even a busing service in town if needed. The Campus has a lot to offer as well. But if you need to do shopping, or find a good restaurant , bowling, catch a movie or meet for coffee this town has a lot of everything to offer. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a forty five minute car ride from this town if you need a day trip for some fun as well.
I go to college at Brookings at SDSU and love the town! Its just the right size with friendly people and community. They are very welcoming community for a college town. It has lots of great places to shop and eat.