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 93.06% 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 (13.98%), healthcare (13.30%), and management occupations (11.00%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Stony Brook a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Stony Brook has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Stony Brook’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Stony Brook 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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.
If knowledge is power, Stony Brook is a pretty powerful place. 64.63% 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 $53,926, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $215,704 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 Irish, German, English, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Stony Brook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.