The Research Section of the Suffolk County Planning & Environment Division researches and analyzes information concerning Suffolk County's demographics, housing market, economy, development trends, and land use. The Research Section also maintains a reference collection of current and historic demographic and economic data including U.S. Census information for the Nassau-Suffolk region, and produces planning studies based on the information researched and analyzed. The Research Section regularly monitors data about the local commercial and housing markets, economy, and demographics. The Research Section maintains a comprehensive database of proposed and existing development in retail centers, hotels, office buildings, and multifamily housing complexes for its own use and for the general public.
The Research Section prepares and updates the portion of the County’s Official Statement when Suffolk County bonds are issued. The Official Statement is a narrative that includes a discussion of demographic, housing, economic and major development trends in the County.
The Research Section also provides planning and research services and guidance to agencies such as Suffolk County's local towns and villages, the Suffolk County Office of Legislative Budget Review, the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Department of Audit & Control, the Suffolk County citizen advisory panel for downtown revitalization, the Suffolk County Industrial Commercial Incentive Board, and various non-profit agencies.
The New York State Data Center provides access to U. S. Census Bureau statistical resources and related data for all of New York State. The Suffolk County Planning & Environment Division’s Research Section serves as an affiliate data center for the distribution of census data for Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In this Census Partner role, the Research Division maintains a current and historical reference collection of census information and related economic and demographic information. The division responds to requests for information from consultants, businesses, government, the media, and the general public by locating, interpreting, and distributing census data and related statistical data. The contact persons for this information at the Suffolk County Planning & Environment Division are Peter Lambert at (631) 853-5196 and Seth Forman at (631) 853-6148.
The U.S. Census is taken every ten years and the most recent census was undertaken in 2010. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey provides updated demographic data annually, and the Census Bureau also conducts various economic censuses. Census data analyzed by the Suffolk County Planning & Environment Division's Research Section includes the following files, which can be download by clicking on each file:
Suffolk County Data Profile
Population of Places in Suffolk County, 1980-2010
Population and Density by Town, 1950-2014
Population, Housing Units, Land Area, and Population Density by Village and Hamlet, 2010
Minority Population by Town, 1980-2010
Population by Age Group, 1960-2014
Household Type, 1970-2010
Household Size, 1960-2014
Educational Attainment, 1940-2014
Economic Distress, 2010-2014
Foreign Born Population, 1930-2014
Hispanic Population 1980-2010
Language Spoken, 2007-2011
Historical population, 1790-1980
Housing Data by Town, 1960-2014
Housing data by Village and Hamlet, 1990-2010
Businesses and Employment by Industry, 1970-2013
Businesses and Employment by Zip Code, 2013
Commercial and Residential Development Information
The Research Division maintains databases of proposed and existing development in multi-family housing complexes, retail centers, hotels, and office buildings:
Glossary of abbreviations used in the lists above
The Research Division also maintains current and historical information on the following topics: