Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

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Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

Introduction to Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

Lake Ronkonkoma, New York is 7 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 44 miles E of New York, New York. It is in Suffolk county. The town is part of the Nassau - Suffolk metro area. The population of Lake Ronkonkoma is 19,701.

Lake Ronkonkoma History

The land around Lake Ronkonkoma once belonged to Native Americans. They sold it to Europeans but made sure that it was never under the control of a single authority. Even today, the lake is under the jurisdiction of three different towns, including Brookhaven, Smithtown and Islip. Due to the presence of the lake, this area was popular as a resort town until it underwent a population explosion during the middle of the 20th century.

Lake Ronkonkoma and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Hamlet Wind Watch Golf Club
  • Caleb Smith State Park
  • New Mill Pond
  • Long Island Museum
  • Spectacle Pond

Things To Do In Lake Ronkonkoma

Facilities for swimming, fishing, boating and other water sports are available at the lake. The Connecticut River State Park is nearby and is spread out over a huge expanse of land. It is a beautiful park with facilities for picnics, various sports, hiking and biking. Golf courses are also available around the region.

Lake Ronkonkoma Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at La Guardia Airport.

Lake Ronkonkoma Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be found at Suffolk County Community College, Dowling College and Saint Joseph's College.

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
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Top 10% Lake Ronkonkoma Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

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


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 5
Housing Recently Built 6 9
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

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Lake Ronkonkoma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11779
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.835
Longitude -73.131

Lake Ronkonkoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.9 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 7.3 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 22.9 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 Ronkonkoma Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,701 100%
Male 9,517 48.3%
Female 10,184 51.7%
Under 18 4,859 24.7%
18+ 14,842 75.3%
65+ 2,402 12.2%
Median Age 36.7
Average Family Size 3.32
White 18,427 93.5%
African-American 267 1.4%
Asian 474 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 30 0.2%
Other 247 1.3%
Mixed Race 251 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,153 5.9%

Lake Ronkonkoma 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 33.1%
Irish 20.7%
German 13.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
Polish 3.7%
English 3.6%
US/American 3.2%
Russian 1.4%
Greek 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Norwegian 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Haitian 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Ronkonkoma Heights (11779)

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)
Lake Ronkonkoma 19,701 $67,375
Centereach 27,285 $71,336
Holbrook 27,512 $76,349
Islandia 3,057 $69,615
Lake Grove 10,250 $73,065
Nesconset 11,992 $89,127
Ronkonkoma 20,029 $73,003
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