Center Moriches, New York

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Center Moriches, New York

Introduction to Center Moriches, New York

Center Moriches, New York, in Suffolk county, is 23 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 62 miles E of New York, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 6,655 people lived in Center Moriches.

Center Moriches History

Center Moriches was named in honor of a Native American who once lived in the area. Col. William Smith purchased land in the Moriches area sometime between 1691 and 1697, but he was unable to retain much of the land because earlier settlers had already claimed the late. When railroad tracks were laid in the area in 1881, this area became a popular vacationing spot for residents of New York City.

Center Moriches and nearby Attractions

  • Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Center Moriches

Local museums include the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, the BNL Science Museum, and the Long Island Maritime Museum. The Heckscher State Park offers provisions for picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking, while the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium features the biggest living display of coral in the world. The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located nearby as well.

Center Moriches Transportation

Air transportation is available from Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Center Moriches Higher Education

Colleges and universities located nearby include Saint Josephs College, Suffolk County Community College, Dowling College and the University of New Haven.

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Comparative Profile of Center Moriches, New York

Comparing Center Moriches 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
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Racial Diversity 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Age of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 4 3
Female Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 8
Portion of People Married 9 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Working at Home 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 5 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Center Moriches Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11934
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.8
Longitude -72.79

Center Moriches Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
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Center Moriches Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,655 100%
Male 3,282 49.3%
Female 3,373 50.7%
Under 18 1,672 25.1%
18+ 4,983 74.9%
65+ 808 12.1%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.2
White 5,991 90%
African-American 349 5.2%
Asian 66 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 86 1.3%
Mixed Race 152 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 440 6.6%

Center Moriches 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 25.3%
Irish 19.6%
German 14%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
English 6.1%
Polish 5.6%
US/American 3.2%
Scottish 1.3%
African 1.3%
Russian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Norwegian 1.1%
Greek 0.9%
Swedish 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Maltese 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
West Indian 0.2%
New Zealander 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Center Moriches 6,655 $63,986
East Moriches 4,550 $71,000
Eastport 1,454 $52,917
Mastic 15,436 $54,047
Mastic Beach 11,543 $49,219
Moriches 2,319 $74,659
Shirley 25,395 $58,146

Center Moriches Public Libraries

Center Moriches Free Public Library
Center Moriches, New York
(631) 878-0940

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Serves 472 students.

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