Stony Brook, New York

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Stony Brook, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Stony Brook Post Office
Stony Brook Post Office
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
StonyBrook is located in New York
U.S. Census map
Coordinates: 40°54′23″N 73°7′42″W / 40.90639°N 73.12833°W / 40.90639; -73.12833Coordinates: 40°54′23″N 73°7′42″W / 40.90639°N 73.12833°W / 40.90639; -73.12833
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 5.9 sq mi (15.4 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 89 ft (27 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,740
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (890/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 11790, 11794
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-71608
GNIS feature ID 0966524

Stony Brook is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. The population was 13,740 at the 2010 census.[1]

General information[edit]

Hercules figurehead of the USS Ohio, kept in Old Stony Brook

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, the CDP is adjacent to Stony Brook University and is home to The Stony Brook School and "Stony Brook Village". The history of the unincorporated "village" has been closely linked to that of Ward Melville, a local businessman who at one point owned much of what is still sometimes called the "Three Villages" (consisting of Stony Brook, the hamlet of Setauket, and the incorporated village of Old Field). The Melville-created Three Village Central School District today serves all three communities.

The Stony Brook Grist Mill

Beginning in 1939 with the creation of his Stony Brook Community Fund, Melville began the transformation of the hamlet into his idea of an idyllic New England village, with white clapboard buildings and quaint stores. This effect has been largely achieved in the population center, which consists of a green and a crescent of stores. Melville donated the land and funds to the State of New York for establishing a branch of the State University at Stony Brook. He also donated land and funds for the local school district.

Due to current zoning, the area has virtually no industrial or commercial base.

Tourist attractions include the Stony Brook Grist Mill and the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, a large complex of buildings originally known as the Stony Brook Carriage House and Suffolk Museum. Other Stony Brook attractions are the 19th-century William Sydney Mount House, the St. James Episcopal Chapel, and the West Meadow Beach Historic District.


Stony Brook is located on Stony Brook Harbor, a narrow inlet of the Long Island Sound.


Stony Brook is well known as the home and namesake of Stony Brook University.

The hamlet is served by the Three Village Central School District. The rapid growth of residential development in the past decade has begun to place serious strain on schools trying to accommodate the increasing class size. However, the Three Village schools are generally ranked comfortably above average.

Additionally, there is the private Stony Brook School.


The Stony Brook of the Long Island Rail Road Port Jefferson Branch stops in the area.


Village center

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 13,727 people, 4,758 households, and 3,787 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,390.5 per square mile (923.3/km²). There were 4,970 housing units at an average density of 865.5/sq mi (334.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.6% White, 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 7.5% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 4,758 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,009, and the median income for a family was $95,567. Males had a median income of $68,400 versus $41,770 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,247. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Local media[edit]

Famous residents and natives[edit]

Stony Brook Harbor
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Stony Brook CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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