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 93.51% 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 (16.94%), healthcare (12.65%), and management occupations (11.71%).
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.
Stony Brook is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Stony Brook’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
Despite being a small town, Stony Brook has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Stony Brook is a pretty powerful place. 67.17% of the adults in Stony Brook have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Stony Brook in 2010 was $55,188, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $220,752 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, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Stony Brook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.