Bethpage, New York

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Bethpage, New York

Introduction to Bethpage, New York

Bethpage, New York, in Nassau county, is 2 miles NE of Levittown, New York and 26 miles E ofNew York, New York. Part of the surrounding Nassau-Suffolk metro area, Bethpage is home to some 16,543 residents.

Bethpage History

The northern part of this town was once known as Bedeltown. The name Bethpage comes from a land transaction dating back to 1687, in which Thomas Powell purchased over 15 square miles of central Long Island from local Native Americans. This transaction is known as the Bethpage Purchase. Bethpage was once known as Jerusalem Station and Central Park, but adopted its present name in 1932 after the Bethpage State Park opened.

Bethpage and nearby Attractions

  • Bethpage State Park
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration,
  • Cantiague Park
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Belmont Park Race Track

Things To Do In Bethpage

There are five golf courses at the Bethpage State Park. Other nearby parks and recreational areas include the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Valley Stream State Park, Jones Beach State Park and Eisenhower Park. There are several historic sites in the area, including Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, the Eagles Nest, the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Woolworth Estate, the Roslyn Grist Mill and the Louis Armstrong House.

Bethpage Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is nearby.

Bethpage Higher Education

Briarcliffe College is located in Bethpage. Others nearby include the SUNY-College of Technology at Farmingdale and Hofstra University.

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High Points

Bethpage strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Bethpage Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Bethpage Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Bethpage Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Bethpage People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Bethpage, New York

Comparing Bethpage to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 9
Age of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Racial Diversity 6 7
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
College Educated Adults 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 5 4
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 3 6
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

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Bethpage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11714
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.744
Longitude -73.482

Bethpage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 67 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
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Bethpage Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,543 100%
Male 7,972 48.2%
Female 8,571 51.8%
Under 18 3,753 22.7%
18+ 12,790 77.3%
65+ 3,105 18.8%
Median Age 40.1
Average Family Size 3.27
White 15,578 94.2%
African-American 48 0.3%
Asian 494 3%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0%
Other 165 1%
Mixed Race 254 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 785 4.7%

Bethpage Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 37.5%
Irish 19.6%
German 9.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.8%
Polish 4.9%
Greek 3.5%
US/American 2.4%
Russian 1.8%
English 1.7%
Norwegian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Brazilian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Israeli 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
European 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bethpage 16,543 $78,573
East Farmingdale 5,400 $71,726
Farmingdale 8,399 $68,235
Levittown 53,067 $73,851
Old Bethpage 5,400 $100,325
Plainedge 9,195 $75,588
Plainview 25,637 $98,233

Bethpage Public Libraries

Bethpage Public Library
Bethpage, New York
(516) 931-3907

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Bethpage Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(516) 579-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Bethpage

(As of 2005)
Bethpage, Stewart Avenue
205 Stewart Ave
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