Brookhaven is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 3,473 people and just one neighborhood, Brookhaven is the 420th largest community in New York.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Brookhaven are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brookhaven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brookhaven is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookhaven who work in office and administrative support (16.62%), teaching (15.92%) and sales jobs (11.03%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.92% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Brookhaven is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Brookhaven, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.36 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite being a small town, Brookhaven has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.