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, Brooklyn isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Brooklyn are a mix 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 (13.18%), sales jobs (9.63%), and management occupations (8.06%).

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brooklyn, the average commute to work is 40.02 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Brooklyn, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Brooklyn are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the subway to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of Brooklyn citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.57% of adults in Brooklyn have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Brooklyn in 2010 was $25,932, 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 $103,728 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 19.68% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brooklyn include Jamaican, Irish, Russian, and Haitian.

Brooklyn also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 37.51%.

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