East Meadow, New York

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East Meadow, New York

Introduction to East Meadow, New York

East Meadow, New York, in Nassau county, is 2 miles W of Levittown, New York and 22 miles E of New York, New York. The town is part of the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan statistical area. About 37,461 people live in East Meadow.

East Meadow History

Surveyors from Hempstead surveyed the area presently occupied by East Meadow in 1655 and found it suitable for grazing. This resulted in the development of the region as a popular cattle grazing area during the 1700s. The sheep in this area provided over 50% of the wool for the United States. During the Revolutionary War, this area was captured by British forces and remained under its control until the end of the war.

East Meadow and nearby Attractions

  • Hofstra Museum
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Eisenhower Park
  • Bethpage State Park
  • Cherry Valley Golf Course
  • Roosevelt South Preserve

Things To Do In East Meadow

The Eisenhower Park is home to Safety Town which is a miniature town with paved streets, traffic intersections and some other features of a regular town. It is essentially used to teach children about traffic safety. Eisenhower Park also has a playground and picnic facilities. The town has several museums that deal with a variety of interesting subjects as well.

East Meadow Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is nearby.

East Meadow Higher Education

Hofstra University, the New York Institute of Technology, SUNY College at Old Westbury and Nassau Community College provide facilities for higher studies.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% East Meadow Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% East Meadow Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% East Meadow People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% East Meadow Median Family Income
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% East Meadow Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of East Meadow, New York

Comparing East Meadow 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
Senior Citizens 9 7
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 5
Female Share of the Population 2 2


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 3 7
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 3
Housing Recently Built 2 6
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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East Meadow Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11554
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.713
Longitude -73.559

East Meadow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 5.4 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 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
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East Meadow Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 37,461 100%
Male 18,594 49.6%
Female 18,867 50.4%
Under 18 8,758 23.4%
18+ 28,703 76.6%
65+ 6,099 16.3%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 3.34
White 31,949 85.3%
African-American 1,617 4.3%
Asian 2,503 6.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 55 0.1%
Other 734 2%
Mixed Race 589 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,626 7%

East Meadow 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 28.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.3%
Irish 13%
German 7.5%
Polish 6.4%
US/American 5.7%
Russian 4.6%
Greek 1.5%
English 1.5%
Portuguese 1.3%
Hungarian 0.9%
Eastern European 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Romanian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Guyanese 0.4%
European 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Haitian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
African 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
East Meadow 37,461 $74,691
Levittown 53,067 $73,851
North Bellmore 20,079 $80,067
North Merrick 11,844 $85,190
North Wantagh 12,156 $76,345
Roosevelt 15,854 $56,380
Uniondale 23,011 $67,264

East Meadow Public Libraries

East Meadow Public Library
East Meadow, New York
(516) 794-2570
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East Meadow Hospitals

(516) 572-6051
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in East Meadow

(As of 2005)
2330 Hempstead Turnpike
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