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The location of Brookings

Welcome to Brookings ...

The city of Brookings is located in Brookings County and is the County Seat for Brookings County.

The location of Brookings has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Brookings has a population of 23,938 people<2> (see below for details).

Brookings was established in 1857.

The community of Brookings is 1,650 feet [503 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Brookings lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Brookings: (605)

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brookings had a population of 22,056 people (which is 69% of the total population of Brookings County). This makes Brookings the county's most populous community.

The population of Brookings represents 2.71% of the population of South Dakota (which has 814,180 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 22,056 people, the population of Brookings increased 19.2% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 18,504 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Brookings had an population of 23,938 people. This is an increase of 8.53% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 29.37% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Brookings.

Communities near Brookings ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<4>.

Community   2017
Arlington   [Map]   862   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Bruce   [Map]   202   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Elkton   [Map]   712   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Estelline   [Map]   736   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Medary   [Map]   ---   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
North Grove Addition   [Map]   ---   N   8 miles [12.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Brookings.

Communities Also Named Brookings ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Brookings - they are located in Arkansas, Michigan, Oregon and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Brookings.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Brookings. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Brookings. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Brookings. Our list includes 8 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Brookings:

Websites for Brookings ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Brookings ...

Looking for more information about Brookings? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Brookings, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Brookings.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Brookings:

The official website for Brookings County:

The official website for State of South Dakota:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Brookings.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Brookings - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brookings) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brookings. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brookings

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brookings. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3064, Longitude: -96.7864     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brookings have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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