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The cost of living in the borough is now the second highest in the nation to Manhattan 50% of Bed-Stuy residents devote more than 30% of their income to rent
Brooklyn is home to four of the nation’s 25 most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes For homeless heads of household whose last residence was in Brooklyn, more than 30% were from the neighborhoods of East New York and Canarsie
The number of Brooklyn-based firms spiked from 257 in 2001 to 433 in 2009 Brooklyn has lost 23,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade
Nearly 20% of Brooklyn households have an income of $100,000 or more per year Brooklyn’s median per capita income in 2009 was just under $23,000, almost $10,000 below the national average
Park Slope Food Coop has more than 15,500 members One in five Brooklynites is unable to afford food at some point during the year
Jane’s Carousel Pavilion in Brooklyn Bridge Park won the Travel and Leisure Design Award for Best Public Space Greenpoint has the borough’s highest number of federal Environmental Protection Agency toxic sites
Community District 14 — that’s Ditmas Park, Midwood, Prospect Park South and nearby areas — has the highest high school graduation rate in Brooklyn Only 27.5% of its students are deemed college-ready
Brooklyn has 113 colleges and universities Only 29% of borough residents have college degrees
According to Corcoran, in the third quarter of 2012, the price of a two- to four-family townhouse throughout Brooklyn increased 33 percent vs. the same quarter the year before Brooklyn leads the city in number of residents entering homeless shelters
Brooklyn has more wealthy residents than Greenwich, Connecticut Brooklyn is home to one of New York State’s poorest populations, with over one in five residents under the official poverty line, roughly 50 percent above the state average