Shirley, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shirley, New York - Basic Facts

The Shirley Census Designated Place had a population of 27,949 as of July 1, 2015. Shirley ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shirley is located at latitude 40.7967 and longitude -72.874 in Suffolk County. The formal boundaries for the Shirley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0.43 sq. miles. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 52 feet.

The Shirley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2390296) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Shirley Census Designated Place is located within Town of Brookhaven, a minor civil division (MCD) of Suffolk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shirley population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Shirley Census Designated Place, NY Boundary Map

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Shirley, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 27,949
Population in Households 27,667
Population in Familes 24,243
Population in Group Qrtrs 282
Population Density1 2,440
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 8,445
Average Household Size 3.28
Family Households 6,892
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 9,084 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,063 (77.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,382 (15.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 639 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $236,626
Average Home Value $251,887


Median Household Income $84,543
Average Household Income $96,082
Per Capita Income $29,150
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.06% 0.1%
Households 0.21% 0.14%
Families 0.16% 0.12%
Median Household Income   1.9%
Per Capita Income   2.45%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Shirley, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 96th
Population Density1 # 348 71st
Diversity Index2 # 151 87th
Median Household Income # 338 72nd
Per Capita Income # 600 50th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.