Brookings is a growing community with one-of-a-kind local eateries and unique boutiques,as well as numerous activities to enjoy throughout all four seasons. Here's a few tid bits about Brookings to help you learn more about our progressive community. We've done our best to highlight some of the most popular questions, but if you have a specific question please feel free to contact us.

What is the population of Brookings?

Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota with a population of 23,657 (Census 2015 estimate). Our coordinates are 44 degrees North latitude and -96 degress West longtitude.

Why the name Brookings?

Brookings is named after the famous pioneer and founder, Judge Wilmot Wood Brookings. As the story goes, he was traversing through South Dakota with horse in tow in the dead of winter when we slipped on a rock. His feet fell through a patch of ice into some extremely cold water. Once he had made it back to civilization, the condition of his legs were not good. The only solution was to amputate. He only stepped foot in Brookings twice, with two wooden legs and a strong precence in politics and legislature. Judge Brookings also inspired the name of our local brew pub, Wooden Legs Brewing Co.

I'm thinking about moving to Brookings, where can I find information about relocation options?

We're thrilled you're considering moving to Brookings! Although our website features the many great amenities our community has to offer, we'd like to send you over to our friends at the Chamber to help you make the right decision about where to live, who to call for utilities, and how to find a job if you haven't already. Thanks for thinking of Brookings for your next home.

I don't have a car, what are my options for getting around town?

If you're staying in Brookings for a few days, B&B Auto Sales, located on Main Avenue South, has a large selection of rental vehicles, including cars, trucks, minivans, SUV's, pickups and 15 passenger vans. Einspahr Auto Plaza also serves the Brookings area as a rental vehicle service. Located on 8th Street South, Einspahr carries a wide selection of rentals.

For general transportation services, Brookings Area Transit Authority (BATA) is perfect for you. BATA provides coordinated transportation services for all citizens in the Brookings Area, as well as a Safe Ride Home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

For a ride anytime and late nights in downtown Brookings, get home safe with the Safe Ride Home (605.695.3984), Yata, or Lyft.

Does Brookings have an airport?

Yes, Brookings does have an aiport, but with a few limitations. The Brookings Regional Airport does provide some corporate business travelers with airline accommodations, but it is not a passenger airport. The Brookings Regional Airport strives to provide a safe, first class airport for regional residents and the flying community. The airport works diligently with the South Dakota State University Aviation Program and other local entities to provide flying instruction and other community activities related to aviation.

The Sioux Falls Regional Airport is 55 miles south of Brookings and can accommodate any kind of passenger airline travel. The Sioux Falls Regional Airport includes five airlines: Frontier, Allegiant, Delta, United and American Airlines.

Looking for permits, ordinances or general government and city council questions?

We may know a lot about attractions, dining and great places to shop but if you've got a question about our local government, we'd like to turn you over to the City of Brookings. There you can find information about what makes this city run and learn more about our city council members.

How cold does it get in Brookings?

The average temperature in January is about 12.9 degrees Farhenheit. Be sure to pack a jacket and ask Dakota Nature Park about their snow shoe rentals and other snowy adventures offered in the park.

How hot does it get in Brookings?

By the end of March, the locals look forward to warmer temps. The average temperature in July is 82 degrees Farhenheit. On top of high temps, it's usually pretty humid too. A gorgeous sun hat, suncreen and an ice cold beverage are a great accessory during the summer months.

Where does everybody work?

A large majority of our community work at SDSU, Daktronics, 3M and Larson Manufacturing, making Brookings the second largest manufacturing community in South Dakota. If you're thinking about starting a business here and would like more information about our community's economy, we would reccommend you contact Brookings Economic Development Corporation.

What is the history behind downtown Brookings?

The streets of downtown Brookings tell a story of Classic Revival and Art Deco, along with Beaux-Arts and Romanesque architecture. A total of 59 buildings line Main Avenue, with 83 percent of the construction taking place between 1894 and 1928. Each building holds a little piece of Brookings from yesteryear, take a stroll and enjoy the history while shopping, eating and playing in Downtown Brookings.

Where is the largest botanical garden in South Dakota?

Sitting on the prettiest quarter section of Brookings, McCrory Gardens is South Dakota's largest botanical garden with 40 acres of arboretum dedicated as the South Dakota State Arboretum. Development of the gardens began in the 1960s by a fellow named S.A. McCrory who headed the horticulture department at SDSU. Since then the gardens continue to grow and blossom through the seasons.

Looking for a unique piece of information to tell people about your travels to Brookings?

In 1954, downtown Brookings turned on its first flourescent street lights, ultimately changing the nightlife scene forever. Happy hour became a little more happy when friends could meet into the wee hours of night under a new found light.

What can you tell me about South Dakota State University?

Brookings is home to the state's largest higher education institution, South Dakota State University. SDSU attracts students from all 66 counties in SD, all 50 states, and 70 countries. The current enrollment is 12,583 students and counting. SDSU is home of the Jackrabbits and Division I Athletics.

What is Hobo Day?

After more than 100 years, SDSU and the Brookings community still finds itself in the land of Hobos for the annual homecoming celebration during the SDSU football game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Students celebrate a month in advance by withholding from shaving. The rest of the students, alumni and staff celebrate by putting on their best plaid and tattered jeans to live the hobo way for this one day event. The first Hobo Day celebration took place back in 1912.