Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn is an enormous coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 2,619,637 people and 760 constituent neighborhoods, Brooklyn is the largest community in New York. Brooklyn has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Brooklyn home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Brooklyn real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brooklyn is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brooklyn is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brooklyn who work in office and administrative support (12.75%), sales jobs (9.52%), and management occupations (8.53%).

Of important note, Brooklyn is also a borough of artists. Brooklyn has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Brooklyn’s character.

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

One of the nice things about Brooklyn 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.

One downside of living in Brooklyn, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.24 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Brooklyn is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Brooklyn really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Brooklyn citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Brooklyn ride the subway. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Brooklyn a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the subway.

In terms of college education, Brooklyn is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.84% of adults in Brooklyn have a college degree.

The per capita income in Brooklyn in 2010 was $26,774, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,096 for a family of four. However, Brooklyn contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brooklyn is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Brooklyn home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brooklyn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Brooklyn also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.62% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brooklyn include Jamaican, Irish, Russian, and Haitian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brooklyn's cultural character, accounting for 37.46% of the borough’s population.

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