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 3,451 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookhaven who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), teaching (15.32%) and sales jobs (12.39%).
Of important note, Brookhaven is also a town of artists. Brookhaven has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Brookhaven’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Brookhaven is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Brookhaven’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brookhaven, the average commute to work is 32.64 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.