Downtown Brookings, SD

#25. Brookings

We know what you’re thinking: South Dakota?! But here’s why it stands out from the rest: Lots of jobs (second lowest unemployment on this list), lots of high wage job growth (second on the list), plus it’s affordable (number 2 for per capita spending on food, top 5 for affordable housing) and commute time is the lowest out of the 50. Bottomline: When you’re strapped for cash but still want a booming startup region, Brookings is the place for you. If that doesn’t convince you, Brookings is also featured on our Top 100 Best Places to Live and Top 10 Best Small Towns.


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