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 2,582,830 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 (11.25%), management occupations (9.31%), and sales jobs (8.99%).

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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Brooklyn. This makes Brooklyn a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Brooklyn presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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.

In Brooklyn, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 40.94 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.

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 citizens of Brooklyn are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.49% of adults in Brooklyn have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brooklyn in 2010 was $31,984, 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 $127,936 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 19.20% 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: 36.49%.

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