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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Shirley is a suburb of New York City with a population of 27,186. Shirley is in Suffolk County. Living in Shirley offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Shirley and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Shirley are above average.
About Shirley...
Population
27,186

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$253,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,032
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Shirley Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Shirley

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,312
National
$55,322

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Shirley Reviews

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My life spanned over different parts of Shirley/Mastic before moving on and then finally returning. Leaving the past behind me and forming a new opinion on the area with a fresh mind is what I intend to do here and in the future when describing this place.
The past as it was, new Shirley/Mastic is a strange place to me. The environment to me by comparison as it used to be is different, while most of Mastic seems relatively cleaner than it was. There's less trash floating around suburbia and in the same breath there is still a healthy commune of the homeless residing around the tracks floating in between Wood Ave & Patchogue at 5:30am bumming cigarettes from people.
Shirley is much the same as it once was, new property value shines the shoes of realtors and flips alike. While it also empties their pens, the Hurricane may have helped the market along. But it's in poor shape and still suffering from low income situations and the culture that follows. It's also a Riverhead jail dump.
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Growing up in Shirley was an amazing experience. Living five minutes from the beach, the beautiful sunsets down by Smith's Landing. The historical background we have connected to the community. William Floyd School District is absolutely fantastic, there is diversity and in school students are offered so many things from sports to music to outstanding academic courses.
Shirley is a very large area that spans over two large school districts with a dense population. Different segments of this very large town have been renamed by local civic associations. Smith Point, 11967 is the southernmost portion of the Shirley community, ending only at the beautiful Fire Island National Seashore. Residents in this area attend the William Floyd School District.

This area differs significantly from East Yaphank, 11967. Residents of the East Yaphank do not enjoy the pleasures, nor do they bear the burden of coastal living. Approximately ten miles north of the seashore, this area of Shirley is zone for schools that are both north and west of them. The location of the Brookhaven Calabro Airport and Dowling College actually create a physical boundary separating the Longwood Community and the William Floyd Community from one another on the eastern side of Wm Floyd Parkway.