Best Places to Live

Brookings, SD

Population: 22,974
LIV
SCORE
613
Photo: Jamison Lamp

Earning high marks as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, Brookings is among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

Residents can enjoy amenities like golf courses, hiking trails, water parks and nightclubs. South Dakota State University heads the city’s economy and helps set the cultural tone, with several dining, shopping and entertainment options near campus.

Brookings also has a highly rated public school system, and the city's creative, business-friendly environment earned it a coveted spot on our Best Cities for Entrepreneurs list

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Brookings, SD Ranking Data

Civic
67
Demographics
25
Economy
75
Education
74
Health
58
Housing
70
Infrastructure
56