Stony Brook, NY
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Stony Brook is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 13,827 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Stony Brook is the 140th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Stony Brook are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Stony Brook is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.97% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Stony Brook is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stony Brook who work in teaching (15.58%), healthcare (13.50%), and sales jobs (11.42%).

Also of interest is that Stony Brook has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.92% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Stony Brook is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Stony Brook really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Stony Brook perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Stony Brook 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.

Even though Stony Brook is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Stony Brook. 64.79% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Stony Brook in 2010 was $51,620, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $206,480 for a family of four.

Stony Brook is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Stony Brook home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stony Brook residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Stony Brook include Italian, Irish, German, Russian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Stony Brook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.