Greenlawn, New York

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Greenlawn, New York

Introduction to Greenlawn, New York

Greenlawn, New York, in Suffolk county, is 8 miles NW of Brentwood, New York and 33 miles E of New York, New York. The town is located in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. Greenlawn has a population of 13,286.

Greenlawn History

This area now known as Greenlawn was initially named Old Fields. After the coming of the Long Island Railroad in 1868, Greenlawn became quite famous for pickle production. Samuel Ballton, who was a freed slave, settled in this area after the Civil War and once grew 1.5 million cucumbers in one season. This feat earned him the title of 'Pickle King.' Apart from the production of pickles, the area was also known for its cabbage and potato farms.

Greenlawn and nearby Attractions

  • Huntington Historical Society
  • Heckscher Museum of Art
  • Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
  • Caumsett State Park
  • Huntington Country Club
  • Crescent Beach Town Park

Things To Do In Greenlawn

The annual Pickle Festival, which is held every September, is a well known local celebration. For rest and recreation purposes, there are several parks in the town which are fully equipped to support a diverse range of activities. The town is also home to a number of museums, which provide for many hours of education and entertainment.

Greenlawn Transportation

La Guardia Airport is the nearest major airport.

Greenlawn Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College, SUNY College of Technology and Norwalk Community College provide facilities for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Greenlawn Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Greenlawn Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Greenlawn Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Greenlawn Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Greenlawn Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Greenlawn, New York

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 8 7


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 2 3


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

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Greenlawn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11740
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.868
Longitude -73.365

Greenlawn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 14.7 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 16.1 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 16.7 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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Greenlawn Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,286 100%
Male 6,244 47%
Female 7,042 53%
Under 18 3,456 26%
18+ 9,830 74%
65+ 2,076 15.6%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 3.38
White 10,269 77.3%
African-American 2,027 15.3%
Asian 372 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 33 0.2%
Other 314 2.4%
Mixed Race 267 2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 905 6.8%

Greenlawn 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 21.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.8%
Irish 15.5%
German 11.2%
US/American 3.6%
Polish 3.4%
English 3.3%
Haitian 2.3%
Russian 2.2%
Greek 1.7%
Scottish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
African 1.2%
Jamaican 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swedish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Portuguese 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
European 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Greenlawn 13,286 $76,917
Centerport 5,446 $101,908
East Northport 20,845 $80,291
Elwood 10,916 $94,404
Halesite 2,582 $122,842
Huntington Station 29,910 $67,115
Northport 7,606 $104,488

Greenlawn Public Libraries

Harborfields Public Library
Greenlawn, New York
(631) 757-4200
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