Shirley, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shirley, New York - Basic Facts

The Shirley Census Designated Place had a population of 26,121 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Shirley, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 26,121
Daytime Population: Workers 6,792
Daytime Population: Residents 12,625
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 19,417
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.74
Population in Households 25,845
Population in Familes 22,603
Population in Group Qrtrs 276
Population Density2 2,355
Diversity Index3 59


Median Household Income $87,439
Average Household Income $101,411
Per Capita Income $30,566


Total Housing Units 8,406 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,572 (78.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,218 (14.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 616 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $281,781
Average Home Value $293,027


Total Households 7,790
Average Household Size 3.32
Family Households 6,338
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 0.16% 0.26%
Households 0.09% 0.2%
Families 0.02% 0.16%
Median Household Income   2.1%
Per Capita Income   2.27%

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, 2017 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 # 372 69th
Diversity Index # 152 87th
Median Household Income # 327 73rd
Per Capita Income # 631 47th

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