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Posted on: March 16, 2015


The community was ranked No. 5 overall in’s Top 25 Safest Cities in the United States, based on an analysis of the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report to determine which cities have the lowest number of violent crimes and property crimes in relation to overall population.

Brookings, South Dakota’s fourth largest city with a population of 22,741, achieved a safety score of 95.2 with only nine violent crimes and 77 property crimes in 2013. A score of 100 would mean a crime-free city or town. Glen Cove, New York, population 27,134, ranked first with a score of 96.6 based on three violent crimes and 62 property crimes.

“Brookings prides itself on being one of the best places to live in the Midwest,” said Mayor Tim Reed. “Safety is a shared responsibility, one our people take seriously. We look out for one another. The city, the county and the university all work together and share the commitment to keeping this a safe and secure environment.”

Brookings was also one of only two communities in the top 25 with a public, four-year institution of higher education. Charleston, Illinois, ranked No. 11, is home to Eastern Illinois University.

“It’s a nice recognition to be ranked among the top 25 safest cities in America, but I’d like to see Brookings ranked at number one—as the safest city in America,” Reed said. “The values of this community, in my opinion, make it a great place for kids, families, students and pretty much anyone to call home.”

The list noted Brookings’ combination of industry, agriculture, higher education and cultural opportunities.

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