Suffolk County, NY

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Population

1.49M

0.0248% growth

Median Age

41.1


Median Household Income

$94,750

1.96% growth

Poverty Rate

7.19%


Number of Employees

752,098

0.784% growth

Median Property Value

$394,600

2.12% growth

About

In 2017, Suffolk County, NY had a population of 1.49M people with a median age of 41.1 and a median household income of $94,750. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Suffolk County, NY grew from 1.49M to 1.49M, a 0.0248% increase and its median household income grew from $92,933 to $94,750, a 1.96% increase.

The population of Suffolk County, NY is 67.1% White Alone, 19.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.35% Black or African American Alone. 22.9% of the people in Suffolk County, NY speak a non-English language, and 92.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Suffolk County, NY are Stony Brook University (7,216 degrees awarded in 2016), Suffolk County Community College (3,892 degrees), and Farmingdale State College (1,918 degrees).

The median property value in Suffolk County, NY is $394,600, and the homeownership rate is 80.9%. Most people in Suffolk County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Suffolk County, NY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Suffolk County, NY employs 752k people. The largest industries in Suffolk County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (113,434 people), Educational Services (91,244 people), and Retail Trade (86,475 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($99,478), Public Administration ($79,348), and Finance & Insurance ($77,751).

Median household income in Suffolk County, NY is $94,750. Males in Suffolk County, NY have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,672. The income inequality in Suffolk County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$94,750

2017 value

± $2,550

1.96%

1 Year Growth

± 3.66%

Households in Suffolk County, NY have a median annual income of $94,750, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $92,933 in 2016, which represents a 1.96% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,550

Average Male Salary

± $1,168

$60,672

Average Female Salary

± $854

In 2017, full-time male employees in New York made 1.29 times more than female 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

    $67,169 ± $870

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $62,618 ± $15,800

  3. Asian

    $62,444 ± $2,225

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 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.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.499

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.375% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York across various wage buckets compared 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 1580.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Suffolk County, NY was Census Tract 1101.01 with a value of $202,292, followed by Census Tract 1122.12 and Census Tract 1580.02, with respective values of $175,313 and $169,167.

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 13.4%. 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

752k

2017 Value

± 14,765

0.784%

1 Year growth

± 2.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Suffolk County, NY grew at a rate of 0.784%, from 746k employees to 752k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Suffolk County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (102,138 people), Sales & Related Occupations (84,945 people), and Management Occupations (79,694 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 (102,138 people), Sales & Related Occupations (84,945 people), and Management Occupations (79,694 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 (1.96 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.44 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.4 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 ($109,284), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,864), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($86,194).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

752k

2017 Value

± 14,765

0.784%

1 Year growth

± 2.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Suffolk County, NY grew at a rate of 0.784%, from 746k employees to 752k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Suffolk County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (113,434 people), Educational Services (91,244 people), and Retail Trade (86,475 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 (113,434 people), Educational Services (91,244 people), and Retail Trade (86,475 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Suffolk County, NY has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.33 times higher than expected), Information (1.2 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Suffolk County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($99,478), Public Administration ($79,348), and Finance & Insurance ($77,751).

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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. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics ($47.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($45.3B).

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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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% 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. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

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 neighboring states.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Suffolk County, NY is home to a population of 1.49M people, from which 92.9% 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 1M White Alone residents (67.1%), 292k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.5%), 110k Black or African American Alone residents (7.35%), 58.9k Asian Alone residents (3.94%), 21.1k Two or More Races residents (1.41%), 8.07k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.541%), 2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.134%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Suffolk County, NY are Spanish (205,413 speakers), Italian (15,832 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (13,816 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Suffolk County, NY was 41.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Suffolk County, NY are getting getting younger. In 2016, 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

    527,485 ± 17,593 people

  2. China

    441,157 ± 16,125 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,203 ± 11,935 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 527,485 New York residents, followed by China with 441,157 and Jamaica with 239,203.

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Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

92.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.9% of Suffolk County, NY residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Suffolk County, NY was 92.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1M ± 3.82k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    292k ± 16.4k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    110k ± 2.43k

In 2017, there were 3.43 times more White Alone residents (1M people) in Suffolk County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 292k Hispanic or Latino and 110k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Suffolk County, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    205,413 speakers (14.5%)

  2. Italian

    15,832 speakers (1.12%)

  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    13,816 speakers (0.977%)

22.9% of Suffolk County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Suffolk County, NY was Spanish. 14.5% of the overall population of Suffolk County, NY are native Spanish speakers. 1.12% speak Italian and 0.977% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    21,683 ± 1,723

  2. Korea

    8,343 ± 1,114

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,087 ± 1,328

Suffolk County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Suffolk County, NY awarded 15,041 degrees. The student population of Suffolk County, NY is skewed towards women, with 31,692 male students and 33,231 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Suffolk County, NY are White (7,616 and 55.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,999 and 14.6%), Asian (1,574 and 11.5%), and Black or African American (1,196 and 8.72%).

The largest universities in Suffolk County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Stony Brook University (7,216 and 48%), Suffolk County Community College (3,892 and 25.9%), and Farmingdale State College (1,918 and 12.8%).

The most popular majors in Suffolk County, NY are General Studies (1,738 and 11.6%), General Business Administration & Management (1,098 and 7.3%), and Registered Nursing (606 and 4.03%).

The median tuition costs in Suffolk County, NY are $34,352 for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $20,015 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 730 degrees awarded

  2. 498 degrees awarded

  3. 489 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Suffolk County, NY was General Business Administration & Management with 730 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. 7,216 degrees awarded

  2. 3,892 degrees awarded

  3. 1,918 degrees awarded

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$34,352

Median Private

In 2016, the Suffolk County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Stony Brook University with 7,216 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,809

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,232

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,809 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Suffolk County, NY, which is 0.827 times less than the 8,232 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Suffolk County, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,616 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,999 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,574 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Suffolk County, NY were to White students. These 7,616 degrees mean that there were 3.81 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,999 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Suffolk County, NY was $394,600 in 2017, which is 1.81 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $386,400 to $394,600, a 2.12% increase. The homeownership rate in Suffolk County, NY is 80.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Suffolk County, NY have an average commute time of 31.1 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.

Income

Household Income

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$94,750

Median Household Income

± $2,550

482k

Number of Households

± 11,138

In 2017, the median household income of the 482k households in Suffolk County, NY grew to $94,750 from the previous year's value of $92,933.

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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Housing

Property Value

$394,600

2017 Median

± $3,653

$386,400

2016 Median

± $3,339

In 2017, the median property value in Suffolk County, NY grew to to $394,600 from the previous year's value of $386,400.

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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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

80.9%

2017 Homeownership

79%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 80.9% of the housing units in Suffolk County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79%.

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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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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Commute Time

31.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Suffolk County, NY have a longer commute time (31.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 7.82% 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

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    6.8%

  3. Public Transit

    6.12%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Suffolk County, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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