Shirley, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shirley, New York - Basic Facts

The Shirley Census Designated Place had a population of 25,885 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Shirley, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 25,885
Population in Households 25,611
Population in Familes 22,484
Population in Group Qrtrs 274
Population Density2 2,334
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $91,882
Average Household Income $106,050
Per Capita Income $31,886


Total Housing Units 8,408 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,539 (77.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,166 (13.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 703 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $284,598
Average Home Value $298,031


Total Households 7,705
Average Household Size 3.32
Family Households 6,268
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.03% 0.09%
Households -0.05% 0.02%
Families -0.12% -0.02%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.81%

Shirley, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 62 95th
Population Density # 371 69th
Diversity Index # 152 87th
Median Household Income # 324 73rd
Per Capita Income # 623 48th

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