Brookings County, South Dakota
|Brookings County, South Dakota|
Brookings County Courthouse in Brookings, South Dakota
Location in the state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||July 3, 1871|
|Named for||Wilmot Wood Brookings|
805 sq mi (2,084 km²)
794 sq mi (2,058 km²)
10 sq mi (27 km²), 1.28%
40/sq mi (15.5/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Brookings County is the only county in the Brookings Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The county was founded July 3, 1871, and was named after Wilmot Wood Brookings (1830 - 1905), a politician and pioneer of southeastern South Dakota. Medary was the first county seat for eight years from 1871-1879
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 805 square miles (2,084.9 km2), of which 794 square miles (2,056.5 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) (1.28%) is water.
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.
Adjacent counties 
- Deuel County, South Dakota - north
- Lincoln County, Minnesota - east
- Moody County, South Dakota - south
- Lake County, South Dakota - southwest
- Kingsbury County, South Dakota - west
- Hamlin County, South Dakota - northwest
||Hamlin County||Deuel County|
|Kingsbury County||Lincoln County, Minnesota|
|Lake County||Moody County|
- Brush Lake
- Johnson Lake
- Lake Campbell
- Lake Goldsmith
- Lake Poinsett
- Lake Sinai
- Lake Tetonkaha
- Oakwood Lake
Major highways 
As of the census of 2000, there were 28,220 people, 10,665 households, and 6,217 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 11,576 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). 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.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,438, and the median income for a family was $48,052. Males had a median income of $30,843 versus $22,074 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,586. About 6.20% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
- Arlington (Population:915)
- Aurora (Population:532)
- Brookings (Population:22,056)
- Bruce (Population:204)
- Bushnell (Population:65)
- Elkton (Population:736)
- Sinai (Population:120)
- Volga (Population:1,768)
- White (Population:485)
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: South Dakota". Population Census. 2010 United States Census. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
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