Brookings County, South Dakota

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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 Brookings[1].

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, 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.

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