Young people are everywhere in Brookings. The average South Dakotan is 37. The average resident of Brookings is 24. Youth happens when you’re a modest-sized city (pop. 22,000) with a big university, and it has shaped the community in interesting ways. This is where an urban hike might entail ascending the 180-step Campanile; where nearly 20,000 Jackrabbit fans gather for autumn football games; and where collegians learn everything from mechanical engineering to ice cream making. Here are some inside tips and tricks on how to explore the unique culture of South Dakota’s fourth largest — and possibly youngest — city.
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