Introduction to Brentwood, New York

Brentwood, New York, in Suffolk county, is 38 miles E of New York, New York. The town is located in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. Brentwood has a population of 53,917.

Brentwood History

Brentwood was once known as Modern Times. It was established over 750 acres of land in Long Island in March of 1821. Josiah Warren, Stephen Pearl Andrews and Christian Sorto established the community based on the concept of "individual sovereignty," which meant that every individual living in the area could live their lives the way they saw fit. However, after the Civil War, many people who did not share the libertine and economic philosophy of the earlier residents moved into the town. This led to the dissolution of the community and Modern Times was renamed after the village of Brentwood, England.

Brentwood and nearby Attractions

  • Heckscher State Park
  • Belmont Lake State Park
  • Brentwood Country
  • Connecticut River State Park
  • Brentwood Country Club
  • Hoyt Farm Town Park

Things To Do In Brentwood

The Connecticut River State Park is an excellent place to relax and pursue recreational activities. It is near the waterfront, and provides opportunities for water sports as well.

Brentwood Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Brentwood Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College - Western Campus and Long Island University are the local higher education centers.


Total Population 59,436
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 28,915
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,706
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,262
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,822


Median Family Income $67,951
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%


People Living Alone 12.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,265
Median House Value $278,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.7%
US/American 0%
English 0.9%
Irish 4.1%

Brentwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 38 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11717
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.781
Longitude -73.246

Brentwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brentwood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Edgewood (11717)

Pine Air (11717)

West Brentwood (11717)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay Shore 28,883 $78,125
Central Islip 36,233 $67,026
Hauppauge 20,617 $118,514
Islip Terrace 5,132 $112,823
North Bay Shore 19,995 $72,199

Brentwood Public Libraries

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(631) 273-7883

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