Brooklyn, NY
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Living in Brooklyn


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 2,648,771 people and 760 constituent neighborhoods, Brooklyn is the largest community in New York. Brooklyn has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

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.

Brooklyn is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 85.32% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (12.26%), management occupations (9.36%), and sales jobs (9.22%).

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 thing noticeable about Brooklyn, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Brooklyn is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Brooklyn a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Brooklyn is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

Brooklyn is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Brooklyn, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 40.76 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. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Brooklyn is having a public transportation system, but in Brooklyn the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the subway for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the subway Brooklyn benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The population of Brooklyn is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.17% of adults in Brooklyn have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brooklyn in 2010 was $29,928, 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 $119,712 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 19.29% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brooklyn include Italian, Irish, Jamaican, Haitian, and Russian.

Brooklyn also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 36.87%.

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