QUICK STATS: Rental Market Shows Stony Brook Far From College Town

Tiny fraction of housing in town is for rent, Census data show.

Despite recent chatter about turning Stony Brook into a college town, recent data released by the U.S. Census department show that when it comes to the rental market, the area is anything but.

According to the U.S. Census Department American Community Survey Estimates, out of Stony Brook's 4,894 housing units, only 320 are rentals, representing a little more than 6 percent of the housing market. The latest ACS estimates are based on data from 2007-2011 and do not include numbers of undisclosed, "illegal" rentals in towns.

Nationally, rentals make up about 45 percent of the housing stock, according to the Census.

According to the ACS, the majority of the rentals in Stony Brook are occupied by locals identifying themselves as white, renting 236 units. Asian members in the community make up the second largest rental demographic, renting 56 units in town.

To compare it to another New York town with a State University of New York college, upstate New Paltz has 2,142 housing units in its village, and 1,414 are rentals.

See the chart below and let us know in the comments if you'd like to see a larger rental stock in Stony Brook.

TotalOwner occupiedRenter occupied White 4,453 4,217 236 Black or African American 108 94 14 American Indian and Alaska Native 0 0 0 Asian 238 182 56 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0 0 0 Some Other Race 0 0 0 Two Or More Races 14 14 0 Hispanic or Latino 81 67 14

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Jenny Smith January 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Where does this information come from? Do you know how many illegal rentals there are in the Three Villages? This is a major problem here.
Melanie January 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM
That is a bunch of bull. The rentals don't exist because they are all taken by the college students. These would be the college students easily find a rental and aren't demanded to provide 2 months security, credit check, job check, and 3 references. The college students also aren't told that a family of 5 is not allowed in a three bedroom. It's ridiculous!!!
Melanie January 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM
The demographics are wrong. This is a college town and landlords will take college students over a family. A family of 5 cannot find a rental because they are only available for the college students. The college students can have 3 or more people to a room but a family of 5 is denied the rental because the landlord states a family of 5 is too large.  This is a college town and rentals are freely provided and overcrowded for college students. Trust me, I live the nightmare trying to find a home for my family. 


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