Live in Brookings, South Dakota!

Bring Your Dreams.

Brookings, SD is a safe, inclusive, vibrant, growing community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small town feel. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live.

Living in Brookings means you can enjoy a short commute time (average of 12 minutes!) and abundant career opportunities in a growing job market. Learn more about Brookings jobs and find your next career.

Recreational and cultural experiences, Division I athletics, and a lively entertainment scene make living here fun.

South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere. With an excellent public education system, state-of-the-art healthcare, boutique shops and restaurants, Brookings is your place to call home.

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Best Place To Live In South Dakota

#5 Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Livability (2013)

Top 25 Safest Cities in America, Livability (2015)

Livability Top 100 Best Places to Live (2016 & 2018)

50 Safest College towns in America, SafeWise (2015)

#1 Best Place to Live in South Dakota, Niche (2016, 2017, 2018)

#25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, Livability (2017)

#2 Best School District in South Dakota, Niche (2017 & 2018)

Beautiful Small Towns in Every State, USA Today (2017)

#8 Best College Town in the U.S., (2017)

Most LGBTQ-Friendly Community in SD, Human Rights Campaign Foundation (2017)

#2 Safest Cities in South Dakota, National Council for Home Safety and Security (2018)

Top Performing Micropolitan in the Nation, Walton Family Foundation (2018)

Why I chose to start a business in Brookings:

“Moving back to Brookings was an easy decision. There are familiar faces everywhere and so much support of our small business from the community! After graduating from SDSU, I moved away only to realize that Brookings was where I belonged. I moved here, started a business here, have friends and family who live here, and even taught classes at SDSU. I’m so proud that Hitch Studio helps contribute to the downtown experience as well! It’s a charming community that I love calling home.”

Renee Bauman
Co-Founder, Designer, Event Stylist
Hitch Studio, Brookings Downtown Business of the Year 2015

Relocated from: Sioux Falls, SD
Resident since: 2013

Why I chose Brookings for my family:

“After graduating from SDSU and starting a career with Daktronics, I became caught between college life and my friends starting their families.  After 3 years of feeling in limbo, I took an opportunity with Daktronics to move to Seattle.  During my 11 years out west, I was able to experience big city living, I met my wife, we had our son and my priorities started to adjust.  When I needed a job change and a position became available back in Brookings, I was hesitant to make the move. I wasn’t sure how my family would relate to Brookings and I was nervous that I would have the same feelings as I did after college.  Almost immediately I realized I had nothing to fear.  Brookings was exactly the community we were looking for to raise our family. I am back involved in sports, there are tons of activities for our son and there is even a wonderful art community for my wife, Jessie.”

Heath Rasche
On-Premise Segment Manager

Relocated from: Seattle, WA
Resident Since: 2012

How I found multiple job opportunities in the Brookings community:

“We moved to Brookings for my first, full-time job after college graduation and I am truly grateful for the multitude of opportunities that have since followed. Since 2011, I have worked across marketing departments at Daktronics, South Dakota State University and now the Swiftel Center. I would never have imagined there would be such variety and available positions in a community the size of Brookings. I have been able to grow my professional skills and expand my network of peers so quickly and I attribute it to the innovative spirit and vibrant energy of the Brookings professional community. This community pushes people to be successful and to find fulfilling careers in Brookings!”

Kristina Lankow
Sales & Marketing Manager
Swiftel Center, VenuWorks

Relocated From: Moorhead, MN
Resident Since: 2011

Contact Us

Brookings Economic Development Corporation

2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113
Brookings, SD 57006
Ph. (605) 697-8103

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