Long Island is getting grayer, births are barely outpacing deaths, and only incoming immigration is stopping a total population loss. It’s vital that our suburb be attractive to young adults to ensure a vibrant future. But what does the next generation of Long Islanders want? What do they think about the future of our region and the ways to meet its challenges? Will they stay here, and will those who left return?
nextLI, a new initiative by Newsday funded by the Rauch Foundation, sought to answer those questions.
Our inaugural study surveyed the attitudes of Long Island’s young adults today. Click below to read the findings of more than 1,800 interviews with 18- to 34-year-olds either living on Long Island or who were born here. What they told us paints a picture worth paying attention to. It was conducted by YouGov, a global public opinion and data company.
In the post-World War II era that shaped modern-day Long Island, returning veterans needed affordable homes, ones that could be built quickly. Soon, farmland was turned into tracts of single-family homes, and buyers showed up in the thousands. Nassau County invented suburbia. Can Long Island keep it alive and thriving?