East Rockaway, New York

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East Rockaway, New York

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. There are an estimated 10,414 people in East Rockaway.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy East Rockaway Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% East Rockaway Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% East Rockaway Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% East Rockaway Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% East Rockaway Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% East Rockaway People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of East Rockaway, New York

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 7 7


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Working at Home 2 2
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
People Living Alone 5 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Housing Recently Built 1 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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East Rockaway Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,414 100%
Male 4,941 47.4%
Female 5,473 52.6%
Under 18 2,472 23.7%
18+ 7,942 76.3%
65+ 1,607 15.4%
Median Age 38.9
Average Family Size 3.2
White 9,960 95.6%
African-American 64 0.6%
Asian 178 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0%
Other 113 1.1%
Mixed Race 95 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 603 5.8%

Estimated East Rockaway Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,263
Growth -151
Growth % -1.4%

East Rockaway 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 25.7%
Irish 20.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
German 8%
Russian 5.6%
US/American 5.6%
Polish 4%
English 1.3%
Ukrainian 1%
Hungarian 1%
Turkish 0.9%
European 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Eastern European 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Brazilian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Jamaican 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
African 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
East Rockaway 10,414 $78,363
Hewlett 7,060 $74,259
Hewlett Bay Park 484 $200,001
Hewlett Harbor 1,271 $185,962
Lynbrook 19,911 $75,023
Oceanside 32,733 $83,711
Rockville Centre 24,568 $103,315

East Rockaway Public Libraries

East Rockaway Public Library
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(516) 599-1664

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