Commack, New York

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Commack, New York

Introduction to Commack, New York

Commack, New York, in Suffolk county, is 4 miles NW of Brentwood, New York and 36 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 36,367 people lived in Commack.

Commack History

Commack was originally inhabited by the Nessaquakes, Matinecocks and Secatogues Indians. The area derived its name from an Secatogue term, meaning "Pleasant lands." Commack was famous for its fertile soil and abundant plant and wildlife while it was inhabited by Native Americans. The area was first settled in by Europeans in the early 1650s. The first church of the town was built in 1665, and the first railroad entered Commack in the late 1860s.

Commack and nearby Attractions

  • Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Mysterious Forest of Commack Road
  • Adventureland Amusement Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Things To Do In Commack

In Commack, you can spend your leisure hours at Commack Park, Sunshine Acres Park, Burr - Winkle Park and Valmont Village Park. You can also plan a day trip to the Fire Island National Seashore, Belmont Lake State Park and the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is also a popular nearby spot. The town of Commack also organizes several recreational events throughout the year.

Commack Transportation

La Guardia and JFK are the nearest major airports.

Commack Higher Education

The Long Island Business Institute is located inside of Commack. Suffolk County Community College - Western Campus and Dowling College are also nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Commack People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Commack Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Commack Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Commack Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Commack, New York

Comparing Commack 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
Age of the Population 9 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Senior Citizens 7 5
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 9
People Above Poverty 10 9
College Educated Adults 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 1 6
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Housing Recently Built 4 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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Commack Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NW of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11725
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.842
Longitude -73.293

Commack Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 15.6 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 17.2 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
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Commack Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 36,367 100%
Male 17,759 48.8%
Female 18,608 51.2%
Under 18 9,581 26.3%
18+ 26,786 73.7%
65+ 5,116 14.1%
Median Age 38.7
Average Family Size 3.29
White 34,343 94.4%
African-American 231 0.6%
Asian 1,367 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0%
Other 173 0.5%
Mixed Race 239 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,055 2.9%

Commack 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 32.9%
Irish 14.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
German 8.8%
Polish 5.1%
Russian 4.7%
US/American 4.6%
Greek 2.7%
English 2.5%
Hungarian 1.1%
Norwegian 0.7%
Eastern European 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Turkish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Iranian 0.5%
European 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
African 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Commack 36,367 $88,406
Dix Hills 26,024 $108,081
East Northport 20,845 $80,291
Elwood 10,916 $94,404
Fort Salonga 9,634 $106,253
Greenlawn 13,286 $76,917
Kings Park 16,146 $80,952

Commack Public Libraries

Commack Public Library District
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(631) 499-0888
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