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
Brookhaven is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (17.06%), teaching (13.10%) and sales jobs (10.83%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.71% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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
One of the nice things about Brookhaven is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Brookhaven, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.26 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Brookhaven is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.