Suffolk County contains the eastern portion of Long Island and is part of the larger New York metropolitan area. Suffolk County is divided into 10 towns with a total area of 2,373 square miles of which 912 square miles are land and 1,461 square miles are water, making it the second largest county by area in the state of New York, as well as the fourth-most populous county in New York. Suffolk County has redeveloped older potato fields into a burgeoning wine region and is known for its beach communities including the Hamptons and Montauk. In addition, Forbes magazine named Suffolk County in its list of the top 25 richest counties in America with a 2019 estimated average household income of $132,489
Brightwaters is a village in the southwest part of the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York. The Village is served by the Bay Shore Union Free School District, as well as several private and parochial schools. Fire protection is provided by the Bay Shore Fire Department and emergency services by the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue ambulance. The Village is also in close proximity to Southside Hospital, a facility of North Shore LIJ and, to the West, Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.