Brewster, NY
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Brewster is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 2,332 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Brewster is the 525th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Brewster was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Housing costs in Brewster 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.

Brewster is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Brewster is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Brewster who work in maintenance occupations (22.50%), sales jobs (12.74%), and office and administrative support (10.34%).

Also of interest is that Brewster has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Brewster’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

One downside of living in Brewster is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brewster, the average commute to work is 31.92 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of Brewster’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite being a small village, Brewster has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The percentage of adults in Brewster with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.55% of adults in Brewster have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brewster in 2010 was $22,011, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,044 for a family of four. However, Brewster contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brewster is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Brewster 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 Brewster, accounting for 60.22% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Brewster residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brewster include German, Italian, English, and Scottish.

In addition, Brewster has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (48.37%).

The most common language spoken in Brewster is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Indic languages.