Suffolk County, NY

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Population

1.48M

0.794% decline

Poverty Rate

7.19%


Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$100,468

6.03% growth

Number of Employees

746,408

0.757% decline

Median Property Value

$409,400

3.75% growth

About

In 2018, Suffolk County, NY had a population of 1.48M people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $100,468. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Suffolk County, NY declined from 1.49M to 1.48M, a -0.794% decrease and its median household income grew from $94,750 to $100,468, a 6.03% increase.

The population of Suffolk County, NY is 67% White Alone, 19.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.37% Black or African American Alone. 22.1% of the people in Suffolk County, NY speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Suffolk County, NY are Stony Brook University (7,798 degrees awarded in 2017), Suffolk County Community College (3,791 degrees), and Farmingdale State College (1,931 degrees).

The median property value in Suffolk County, NY is $409,400, and the homeownership rate is 79.5%. Most people in Suffolk County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32 minutes. The average car ownership in Suffolk County, NY is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Suffolk County, NY employs 746k people. The largest industries in Suffolk County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (117,471 people), Educational Services (89,704 people), and Retail Trade (80,738 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,363), Finance & Insurance ($81,209), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,014).

Median household income in Suffolk County, NY is $100,468. Males in Suffolk County, NY have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $63,914. The income inequality in Suffolk County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$100,468

2018 value

± $1,777

6.03%

1 Year Growth

± 3.04%

Households in Suffolk County, NY have a median annual income of $100,468, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $94,750 in 2017, which represents a 6.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$81,735

Average Male Salary

± $1,216

$63,914

Average Female Salary

± $886

In 2018, full-time male employees in New York made 1.28 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New York by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $69,391 ± $897

  2. Asian

    $66,385 ± $2,329

  3. Two or More Races

    $56,062 ± $4,048

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Suffolk County, NY is from New York.

0.493

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in New York was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.874% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1101.01

  2. Census Tract 1122.12

  3. Census Tract 1104.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Suffolk County, NY was Census Tract 1101.01 with a value of $211,087, followed by Census Tract 1122.12 and Census Tract 1104.01, with respective values of $197,411 and $175,875.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Suffolk County, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.19% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Suffolk County, NY (106k out of 1.47M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    71,301 ± 2,089

  2. Hispanic

    34,215 ± 1,641

  3. Black

    15,146 ± 1,053

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Suffolk County, NY is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

746k

2018 Value

± 15,046

-0.757%

1 Year decline

± 2.84%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Suffolk County, NY declined at a rate of -0.757%, from 752k employees to 746k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Suffolk County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (92,612 people), Sales & Related Occupations (83,751 people), and Management Occupations (75,863 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Suffolk County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Suffolk County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (92,612 people), Sales & Related Occupations (83,751 people), and Management Occupations (75,863 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Suffolk County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.42 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.39 times), and Legal Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Suffolk County, NY, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($101,708), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($88,884), and Protective Service Occupations ($86,001).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

746k

2018 Value

± 15,046

-0.757%

1 Year decline

± 2.84%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Suffolk County, NY declined at a rate of -0.757%, from 752k employees to 746k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Suffolk County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (117,471 people), Educational Services (89,704 people), and Retail Trade (80,738 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Suffolk County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Suffolk County, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Suffolk County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (117,471 people), Educational Services (89,704 people), and Retail Trade (80,738 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Suffolk County, NY has an unusually high number of Information (1.41 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.31 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Suffolk County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($81,363), Finance & Insurance ($81,209), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,014).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $72.7B

  2. $54.2B

  3. $50B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $72.7B, followed by Electronics ($54.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($50B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$615B

2020 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

38.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound New York trade was $615B. This is expected to increase 38.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.7B

  2. $32.1B

  3. $20.7B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $37.7B, followed by Pennsylvania with $32.1B and Connecticut and $20.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.5% of the population of Suffolk County, NY has health coverage, with 57.6% on employee plans, 12.5% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.568% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Suffolk County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Suffolk County, NY see 1352 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.88% increase from the previous year (1327 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1236 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 411 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,352 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Suffolk County, NY see an average of 1,352 patients per year. This represents a 1.88% increase from the previous year (1,327 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Suffolk County, NY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.53%

Uninsured

57.6%

Employer Coverage

12.5%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

0.568%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Suffolk County, NY declined by 15.4% from 5.36% to 4.53%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Suffolk County, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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Diversity

Suffolk County, NY is home to a population of 1.48M people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.6% of Suffolk County, NY residents were born outside of the country (233k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Suffolk County, NY is composed of 993k White Alone residents (67%), 293k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.8%), 109k Black or African American Alone residents (7.37%), 58.6k Asian Alone residents (3.96%), 23.3k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 2.74k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.185%), 1.55k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.104%), and 101 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00682%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Suffolk County, NY are Spanish (196,500 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (13,937 speakers), and Italian (10,991 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Suffolk County, NY was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Suffolk County, NY are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Suffolk County, NY residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

233k people

15.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

231k people

As of 2017, 15.6% of Suffolk County, NY residents (233k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Suffolk County, NY was 15.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,970 ± 17,236 people

  2. China

    407,280 ± 15,504 people

  3. Mexico

    222,031 ± 11,503 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,970 New York residents, followed by China with 407,280 and Mexico with 222,031.

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Citizenship

93.5%

2018 Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 93.5% of Suffolk County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Suffolk County, NY was 92.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    993k ± 1.44k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    293k ± 13.8k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    109k ± 2.66k

In 2018, there were 3.39 times more White Alone residents (993k people) in Suffolk County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 293k Hispanic or Latino and 109k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    196,500 speakers (14%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    13,937 speakers (0.994%)

  3. Italian

    10,991 speakers (0.784%)

22.1% of Suffolk County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Suffolk County, NY was Spanish. 14% of the overall population of Suffolk County, NY are native Spanish speakers. 0.994% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.784% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    21,912 ± 2,311

  2. Korea

    6,096 ± 898

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,923 ± 1,662

Suffolk County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.59 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Suffolk County, NY awarded 16,302 degrees. The student population of Suffolk County, NY is skewed towards women, with 33,134 male students and 35,743 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Suffolk County, NY are White (8,350 and 56.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,228 and 15%), Asian (1,652 and 11.1%), and Black or African American (1,255 and 8.45%).

The largest universities in Suffolk County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Stony Brook University (7,798 and 47.8%), Suffolk County Community College (3,791 and 23.3%), and Farmingdale State College (1,931 and 11.8%).

The most popular majors in Suffolk County, NY are General Studies (1,624 and 9.96%), General Business Administration & Management (1,402 and 8.6%), and Registered Nursing (630 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Suffolk County, NY are $35,038 for private four year colleges, and $6,670 and $20,250 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 948 degrees awarded

  2. 541 degrees awarded

  3. 530 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Suffolk County, NY was General Business Administration & Management with 948 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Suffolk County, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,798 degrees awarded

  2. 3,791 degrees awarded

  3. 1,931 degrees awarded

$6,670

Median In-State Public

$35,038

Median Private

In 2017, the Suffolk County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Stony Brook University with 7,798 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

7,384

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,918

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 7,384 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Suffolk County, NY, which is 0.828 times less than the 8,918 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,350 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,228 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,652 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Suffolk County, NY were to White students. These 8,350 degrees mean that there were 3.75 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,228 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Suffolk County, NY was $409,400 in 2018, which is 1.78 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $394,600 to $409,400, a 3.75% increase. The homeownership rate in Suffolk County, NY is 79.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Suffolk County, NY have an average commute time of 32 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Suffolk County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$409,400

2018 Median

± $4,418

$394,600

2017 Median

± $3,653

In 2018, the median property value in Suffolk County, NY grew to to $409,400 from the previous year's value of $394,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Suffolk County, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Suffolk County, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$100,468

Median Household Income

± $1,777

497k

Number of Households

± 11,173

In 2018, the median household income of the 497k households in Suffolk County, NY grew to $100,468 from the previous year's value of $94,750.

The following chart displays the households in Suffolk County, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Suffolk County, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Suffolk County, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

79.5%

2018 Homeownership

80.9%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 79.5% of the housing units in Suffolk County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 80.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Suffolk County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

32 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Suffolk County, NY have a longer commute time (32 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 8.05% of the workforce in Suffolk County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.5%

  2. Carpooled

    6.96%

  3. Public Transit

    6.41%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Suffolk County, NY was Drove Alone (80.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.96%) and those who Public Transit (6.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Suffolk County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Suffolk County, NY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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