In spite of its relatively average size of around 97 square miles, Brooklyn, New York is the most populous borough of New York City, packing in over 2.6 million people. Suffice it to say that if you like a large and diverse density of citizens, Brooklyn might just be the place for you to find your new home. With a massive population comes a great sense of community, hence the borough’s Dutch motto: Endraght Maeckt Maght meaning "In unity, there is strength."
Currently and historically, the plethora of neighborhoods within Brooklyn are distinguished by the large concentrations of ethnicities that live in each one, though the bustling working nature of the region means there’s a great deal of day-to-day intermingling to make for a unique melting pot culture. About 44% of the population works within the borough’s boundaries, while the majority commutes to the surrounding area. In terms of local employment, Brooklyn is home to a large number of financial back offices from businesses in nearby Manhattan. The economy is largely construction and service-based, as opposed to the focus on manufacturing that dominated the area until the 1970s. Many banks and credit unions also operate here. With a wide variety of public and private institutions including higher education campuses like Brooklyn College and the Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn has plenty of room for younger citizens as well.
Living in New York City means living in a vibrant cultural scene. The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Philharmonic regularly offer live performances. The Brooklyn Museum has the second largest public art collection in the United States. There are also the many family-friendly rides and attractions available on Coney Island as well as the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Sports fans can enjoy home games from the Brooklyn Nets NBA team as well as the New York Islanders hockey team. Of course, you also have the rest of New York City to provide you with cultural stimulation, with the national and international destination of Manhattan just next door. You can engage with the thousands of foreign visitors that move through the iconic Times Square every day or enjoy an evening out at one of the myriad live theaters with constantly changing schedules of performances to suit the range of local tastes. Speaking of tastes, there’s no shortage of food variety in Brooklyn or the rest of the city for that matter, with mainstays like hot dogs, pizza and cheesecake accompanied by new experiments in dining to help keep things fresh.