Islip has the 58th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 0.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Islip is part of the New York City metro area. Unemployment in the New York City area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. New York City has the largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Islip is above average at $61,300, and the median cost of a home in Islip is $353,200, which is above the national average. 26% of workers in Islip hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 85% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Islip. 78% of Islip workers drive to work alone, 6% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 5% walk. People in Islip spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.