Great Neck, New York

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Great Neck, New York

Introduction to Great Neck, New York

Great Neck, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles S of New Rochelle, New York (center to center) and 13 miles E of New York, New York. There are an estimated 9,538 people who reside in the village.

Great Neck History

The area was originally inhabited by the Mattinecock Native Americans. Settlers arrived in the late 1600s, when the community was known as "Madnan's Neck". Later it was divided in two to form "Little Neck" and "Great Neck" and it was primarily a farming community. In the late 19th century, the New York and Flushing Railroad's railhead was established in Great Neck, which turned it into a commuter town. The village saw an influx of Ashkenazi Jews following the end of World War II. In the 1980s, a number of affluent Iranian Jews arrived in Great Neck, and Orthodox Jews arrived in the late 20th century. The village also has numerous Chinese and Korean immigrants. The village, which is now situated in the town of North Hempstead, also formed a backdrop to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby".

Great Neck and Nearby Attractions

  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
  • African American Museum
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Things To Do In Great Neck

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, which includes the church built in 1665 and 9,000 graves dating back to the 1700s, is a place of historic interest near Great Neck. The village also offers easy access to a number of museums such as the African American Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, the Science Museum of Long Island, and the Long Island Children's Museum. Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a popular destination in the area where visitors can see the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and downtown Manhattan. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and fishing can be enjoyed at the Hempstead Lake State Park, Bronx Park, Tibbetts Brook Park, and Valley Stream State Park.

Great Neck Transportation

John F Kennedy International Airport is the closest major airport.

Great Neck Higher Education

Colleges near Great Neck are CUNY - Queens College, SUNY Maritime College, and CUNY Queensborough Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Great Neck Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Great Neck Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Great Neck Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Great Neck College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Great Neck Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Great Neck Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Great Neck, New York

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
People Above Poverty 6 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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Great Neck Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of New Rochelle, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11020, 11021, 11023, 11024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 11022, 11026, 11027
Company Zip Codes 11025
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.8
Longitude -73.728

Great Neck Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.5 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 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Distance 11.7 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
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Great Neck Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,538 100%
Male 4,626 48.5%
Female 4,912 51.5%
Under 18 2,515 26.4%
18+ 7,023 73.6%
65+ 1,670 17.5%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 3.3
White 8,139 85.3%
African-American 269 2.8%
Asian 471 4.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 313 3.3%
Mixed Race 332 3.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 875 9.2%

Estimated Great Neck Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,605
Growth 67
Growth % 0.7%

Great Neck 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.4%
Iranian 24%
Russian 7.8%
US/American 7.2%
Italian 5.1%
Polish 4.5%
Irish 3.5%
German 2.9%
Israeli 2.5%
Eastern European 2.2%
Hungarian 1.4%
English 1.3%
Austrian 1.2%
Lithuanian 1.1%
European 0.9%
Portuguese 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Romanian 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Iraqi 0.4%
Other Arab 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
South African 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Cypriot 0.2%
British 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Great Neck, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Allenwood (11021)
Kenilworth (11024)
Lake Gardens (11022)
Usmma (11024)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Great Neck 9,538 $89,733
Great Neck Estates 2,756 $161,545
Harbor Hills 563 $153,619
Kensington 1,209 $133,235
Saddle Rock 791 $137,962
Saddle Rock Estates 424 $160,746
Thomaston 2,607 $110,502

Great Neck Public Libraries

Great Neck Library
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(516) 466-8055
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Starbucks in Great Neck

(As of 2005)
55 Northern Boulevard
71 Middle Neck Road
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