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, Brookhaven isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Brookhaven are a mix 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
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 32.36 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.