Stony Brook, NY
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Living in Stony Brook

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 13,467 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Stony Brook is the 145th largest community in New York.

Stony Brook home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Stony Brook real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Stony Brook is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.69% 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 (17.52%), sales jobs (11.22%), and office and administrative support (10.84%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Stony Brook has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Stony Brook telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.11% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In Stony Brook, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Stony Brook is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Stony Brook, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Stony Brook is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 67.77% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Stony Brook in 2018 was $61,308, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $245,232 for a family of four.

Stony Brook is a very 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Stony Brook's cultural character, accounting for 15.45% of the town’s population.

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