Lake Grove, New York

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Lake Grove, New York

Introduction to Lake Grove, New York

Lake Grove, New York, in Suffolk county, is 8 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 45 miles E of New York, New York. The village is part of the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan statistical area. About 10,250 people live in Lake Grove.

Lake Grove History

This area was first settled in during the early years of the 18th century. The community built its first church in 1818, and had its first post office in 1870. Lake Grove has been known as Lakeland, New Village, Lakeville, West Middle Island and Ronkonkoma during various periods in its history. It settled on its present name during the mid-19th century. The name was derived from the groves of trees found near Lake Ronkonkoma. Lake Grove was incorporated in September of 1968.

Lake Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Hamlet Wind Watch Golf Club
  • Lake Ronkonkoma County Park
  • Gould Pond
  • Rocky Point State Natural Resource Management Area
  • Long Island Museum
  • Connecticut River State Park

Things To Do In Lake Grove

Lake Ronkonkoma has served as a popular recreation area since the early years of the 20th century. It provides facilities for swimming, fishing and boating. Lake Grove also has excellent shopping facilities. Moreover, the village sponsors numerous educational and recreational programs throughout the year. The area also has a number of parks and golf courses which provide further opportunities for rest and recreation.

Lake Grove Transportation

La Guardia Airport is nearby.

Lake Grove Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College, Dowling College and Saint Joseph's College provide courses in higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Lake Grove People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Lake Grove Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Lake Grove Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lake Grove, New York

Comparing Lake Grove 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Racial Diversity 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Age of the Population 4 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 4
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
People Living Alone 1 2

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Lake Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11755
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.852
Longitude -73.115

Lake Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.7 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 7.1 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 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
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Lake Grove Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,250 100%
Male 5,075 49.5%
Female 5,175 50.5%
Under 18 2,696 26.3%
18+ 7,554 73.7%
65+ 927 9%
Median Age 35.1
Average Family Size 3.31
White 9,359 91.3%
African-American 148 1.4%
Asian 505 4.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 102 1%
Mixed Race 127 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 496 4.8%

Estimated Lake Grove Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,670
Growth 420
Growth % 4.1%

Lake Grove 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 37.1%
Irish 16.3%
German 12.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
Polish 3.3%
US/American 2.9%
English 2.4%
Norwegian 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Swedish 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
European 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Maltese 0.4%
Israeli 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Cypriot 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake Grove 10,250 $73,065
Centereach 27,285 $71,336
Holbrook 27,512 $76,349
Lake Ronkonkoma 19,701 $67,375
Nesconset 11,992 $89,127
Ronkonkoma 20,029 $73,003
St. James 13,268 $82,291
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