Brookings County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Brookings County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of USA SD
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded July 3, 1871
Named for Wilmot Wood Brookings
Seat Brookings
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

805 sq mi (2,084 km²)
794 sq mi (2,058 km²)
10 sq mi (27 km²), 1.28%
 - (2000)
 - Density

36/sq mi (14/km²)

Brookings County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 28,220. Its county seat is Brookings6.

History Edit

The county was founded July 3, 1871 and was named after Wilmot Wood Brookings, a politician and pioneer of southeastern South Dakota.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,084 km² (805 sq mi). 2,058 km² (794 sq mi) of it is land and 27 km² (10 sq mi) of it (1.28%) is water.

Townships Edit

The county is divided into twenty-three townships: Afton, Alton, Argo, Aurora, Bangor, Brookings, Elkton, Eureka, Lake Henricks, Lake Sinai, Laketon, Medary, Oak Lake, Oakwood, Oslo, Parnell, Preston, Richland, Sherman, Sterling, Trenton, Volga, Winsor.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit



Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 12,561
1910 14,178 12.9%
1920 16,119 13.7%
1930 16,847 4.5%
1940 16,560 −1.7%
1950 17,851 7.8%
1960 20,046 12.3%
1970 22,158 10.5%
1980 24,332 9.8%
1990 25,207 3.6%
2000 28,220 12.0%
Est. 2006 28,195 −0.1%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 28,220 people, 10,665 households, and 6,217 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 11,576 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.36% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.2% were of German, 23.2% Norwegian and 5.7% Irish ancestry.

There were 10,665 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.70% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 26.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

Cities and towns Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°22′N 96°47′W / 44.37, -96.79

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