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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Brooklyn, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.76 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, 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 very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.