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Nassau and Suffolk counties are among the most demographically diverse regions in New York State, and in the entire nation.  Wide ranges in income and housing, as well as education and age demographics contribute to the diversity of the region.

The charts below feature demographic information for Nassau County, Suffolk County and New York State, demonstrating population statistics, ethnic and racial composition, housing and income figures, education rates and geographic information.

 

             Population Stats New York Suffolk Nassau
Population, 2000 18,976,457 1,419,369 1,334,544
Population, 2012 19,378,102  1,497,958 1,348,283
Population Percent Change 1.0%  0.3% 0.7%
Under 5 Years, 2012 6.0%  5.6% 5.4%
Under 18 Years, 2012 21.8% 23.1% 23.3%
65 Years and Over, 2012 14.1% 14.5% 15.8%
Female 51.5%  50.8% 51.5%

 

Ethnic/Racial Composition, 2012 New York Suffolk Nassau
White Persons, Percent 71.2%  85.8% 77.3%
Black Persons 17.5%  8.2% 12.2%
American Indian Persons 1.0% 0.6% 0.5%
Pacific Islanders 0.1%  0.1% 0.1% 
Hispanic, Latino Origin 18.2% 17.3% 15.3%
Asian Persons 8.0% 3.7% 8.4%
Persons Reporting Two of More Races 2.2% 1.7% 1.6%

 

Housing/Income  New York Suffolk Nassau
Living in Same House Over 1 year, 2008-2012 88.7% 93.1% 93.3%
Housing Units, 2012 8,123,051  569,359 466,740
Homeownership Rate, 2008-2012 54.5% 80.1% 81.3% 
Housing Units in Multi-Unit Structures, 2008-2012 50.5% 14.2% 21.2%
Households, 2008-2012 7,230,896 496,349   442,869
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Units, 2008-2012 $295,300 $395,200 $467,500
Persons Per Household, 2008-2012 2.60 2.94 2.97
Per Capita Money Income in Past 12 Months (2012 dollars) 2008-2012 $32,104 $36,819 $42,286
Median Household Income, 2008-2012 $57,683 $87,778 $97,049
Persons Below Poverty Level, percent, 2008-2012 14.9% 6.1% 5.8% 

 

Education New York Suffolk Nassau
High School Graduates, Age 25+, 2008-2012 84.9% 89.8% 90.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+, 2008-2012 32.8% 32.6% 41.4% 
Veterans, 2008-2012 957,004 87,284 65,613 
Foreign Born Persons, 2008-2012 22.0% 14.4% 21.2%
Language Other than English Spoken at Home, Age 5+, 2008-2012 29.8% 20.6% 28.1% 

 

Geography New York Suffolk Nassau
Land Area, Square Miles 47,126.40  912.05 284.72
Persons Per Square Mile, 2010 411.2  1,637.4 4,704.8

 

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