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Overview

Introduction to East Rockaway, New York

East Rockaway, New York, in Nassau county, is 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York and 17 miles E of New York, New York. The village is conveniently located inside the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area.

East Rockaway History

East Rockaway was originally known as Near Rockaway. Because of its proximity to deep inland channels, the town was suitable for ships and started as a center for shipping and trading. Joseph Havilland built the first grist mill in the area in 1688. The present name, East Rockaway, was adopted by the village in 1869. It was officially incorporated in 1900 with a population of 969.

East Rockaway and nearby Attractions

  • Bay Park
  • East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum
  • Belmont Park race track
  • Rock Hall Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum

Things To Do In East Rockaway

As it is located close to the Atlantic Ocean, the many beaches in the area provide recreation to the resident of East Rockaway. There are a number of golf courses nearby, which offer excellent facilities.

East Rockaway Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is nearby.

East Rockaway Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Nassau Community College, Adelphi University, Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology.

People

Total Population 9,871
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,038
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 53.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $113,750
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 16.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,833
Median House Value $444,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 24.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

East Rockaway Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11518
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.641
Longitude -73.67

East Rockaway Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance 5.1 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
Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 8.9 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
Station NEW YORK AVE V BROOKLYN
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hewlett 6,032 $107,298
Hewlett Bay Park 354 $250
Hewlett Harbor 1,229 $224,375

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

East Rockaway Public Libraries

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East Rockaway Public Library
477 ATLANTIC AVENUE
East Rockaway, New York
(516) 599-1664

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East Rockaway High Schools

EAST ROCKAWAY JSHS
443 OCEAN AVE
516-887-8300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 560 students.

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