Brookings

55 reviews
  1. Town in South Dakota
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  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
$151,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$671
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    108
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    13
    37
  • Robbery
    0
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    207
    1
  • Theft
    1,296
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    22
    257

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,061
National
$53,046
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    14%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

55 reviews
  • Excellent
    4
  • Very Good
    21
  • Average
    27
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    1
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!
  • Current Resident
  • 10 days ago
The SDSU campus has a very open and friendly atmosphere to it. The people you see are always willing to help and also just to have a small conversation with you, if you would like. I would choose to live on campus with SDSU because of its great atmosphere and how being on campus makes me feel more connected to college.So far out of all of the colleges that I have seen, SDSU is still my favorite.
  • Niche User
  • 3 months ago
I love the quaint, small town feel of Brookings, while still enjoying the college town experience. The residents of Brookings are friendly and helpful and it is an enjoyable community to reside in. I grew up in a small town similar to Brookings so it very much feels like home.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago