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. Much of the housing stock in Brooklyn was built prior to World War II, 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.

Brooklyn is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Brooklyn is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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 40.76 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 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.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brooklyn's cultural character, accounting for 36.87% of the borough’s population.

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