Brentwood, NY
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Brentwood is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 60,886 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Brentwood is the 15th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Brentwood 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Brentwood is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.11% of the Brentwood workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Brentwood is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brentwood who work in office and administrative support (12.73%), sales jobs (9.88%), and maintenance occupations (8.82%).

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Brentwood is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, taxis helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Brentwood area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Brentwood with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.89% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brentwood in 2010 was $20,463, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,852 for a family of four. However, Brentwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brentwood is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Brentwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Brentwood, accounting for 66.32% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Brentwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Brentwood include Irish, Haitian, German, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brentwood's cultural character, accounting for 42.09% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Brentwood is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French Creole.