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.