Islip Terrace, New York

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Islip Terrace, New York

Introduction to Islip Terrace, New York

Islip Terrace, New York, in Suffolk County, is 3 miles SE of Brentwood, New York and 41 miles E of New York, New York. The town has a population of 5,641.

Islip Terrace History

Islip Terrace was originally a woodland situated between East Islip and Central Islip State Hospital. Until the end of the 19th century, the present-day territory of Islip Terrace had only a few farmhouses. The area witnessed development when real estate agent Andrew Wolpert began building houses in the region in 1914. He named the area Germantown in order to attract Germans. However, due to the political conditions during and after World War I, the community was renamed Islip Terrace in December of 1922.

Islip Terrace and nearby Attractions

  • Heckscher Museum of Art
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Connetquot River State Park Preserve
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Long Island Museum
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Things To Do In Islip Terrace

The Long Island Museum, the Long Island Maritime Museum, the Huntington Historical Society and the Heckscher Museum of Art showcase exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the region. The Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, and the Marshall Field III estate are some of the historic sites located nearby. Fire Island National Seashore features 32 miles of beach, public marinas, nature trails and camping areas. Robert Moses State Park, Heckscher State Park, Jones Beach State Park and Belmont Lake State Park are some of the popular parks in the area. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium features the largest living collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians in New York. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Gull Haven Golf Course.

Islip Terrace Transportation

Long Island MacArthur is the closest major airport.

Islip Terrace Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Dowling College, Suffolk County Community College-Western Campus and Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Islip Terrace Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Islip Terrace Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Islip Terrace People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Islip Terrace Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Islip Terrace, New York

Comparing Islip Terrace 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 4 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 7
College Educated Adults 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

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


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

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Islip Terrace Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11752
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.743
Longitude -73.193

Islip Terrace Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.3 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 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Distance 17.3 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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Islip Terrace Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,641 100%
Male 2,776 49.2%
Female 2,865 50.8%
Under 18 1,665 29.5%
18+ 3,976 70.5%
65+ 539 9.6%
Median Age 34.7
Average Family Size 3.51
White 5,405 95.8%
African-American 28 0.5%
Asian 84 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 61 1.1%
Mixed Race 61 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 373 6.6%

Islip Terrace 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 38.7%
Irish 18.8%
German 12.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
Polish 4.5%
English 2.4%
Scottish 1.3%
US/American 1.3%
Ukrainian 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Egyptian 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Islip Terrace 5,641 $69,389
Bay Shore 23,852 $60,046
Central Islip 31,950 $57,252
East Islip 14,078 $77,593
Great River 1,546 $89,566
Islip 20,575 $72,361
Oakdale 8,075 $88,162
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