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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Stony Brook is a suburb of New York City with a population of 12,641. Stony Brook is in Suffolk County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Stony Brook offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Stony Brook there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Stony Brook and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Stony Brook are highly rated.
About Stony Brook...
Population
12,641

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$452,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$3,197
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    8%
  • Own
    92%
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Stony Brook Rankings

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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

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    36%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Stony Brook

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$130,202
National
$55,322

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Stony Brook Reviews

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Very few places to “hang out,” particularly coffee shops. Very few places open late—typically diners only. There are nice attempts at food diversity, but most are not authentic. Best part of the area is Stony Brook village & Avalon park/nature preserve, which is quiet, scenic, and quaint.
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Stony Brook is a clean, safe place to live focused around family and professionalism. There is a "country feel" to the area as local growers sell their good at markets. The Stony Brook Hospital has a fantastic reputation and is easily accessible. Everyone seems to know each other here; either there kids go to school together or some one use to date another's cousin. There are also a lot of restaurants and fun things to do. Nearby is the Long Island Museum and scattered farms whos ages are clear. In a short ten minute drive there is the Smith Haven Mall. This mall will meet all of your shopping needs.
Stony Brook is a very peaceful suburb, and a short distance away from the city, the beach, and shopping malls. The only shortcoming is the transportation. Aside from NYC, it is highly inconvenient if you do not own a car. However there are buses and trains available, which will make the transportation far easier. Overall I do love this neighborhood since it is very cozy and homey.