Introduction to Long Beach, New York

Long Beach, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles S of Hempstead, New York and 19 miles SE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area with. Long Beach's population is approximately 35,462.

Long Beach History

Long Beach was originally inhabited by Rockaway Indians. It was first settled in by Europeans in 1643, when baymen and farmers who used the land for fishing and harvesting arrived. A lifesaving station was established in the city in 1849. A builder from Brooklyn, Austin Corbin, tried to develop the island as a resort. He also formed a partnership with the Long Island Railroad in 1880 and financed the New York and Long Beach Railroad Co. to lay track from Lynbrook to Long Beach. Long Beach was incorporated as a village in 1918. It became a city in 1922.

Long Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Rock Hall Museum
  • New York Aquarium
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • Queens Zoo

Things To Do In Long Beach

While staying in Long Beach, you can spend your leisure hours at Beach Park. You can also visit Jones Beach State Park, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and Riverbank State Park. The Long Island Children's Museum, Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, African American Museum, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island and the Rock Hall Museum are all popular spots as well. The city is also close to the Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. The City of Long Beach organizes several recreational events and annual festivals as well, such as the Colors of Long Beach and the Family Festival by the Sea.

Long Beach Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Long Beach Higher Education

Rabbinical College of Long Island lies within the city. Nassau Community College, Hofstra University and Adelphi University are also close by.


Total Population 33,522
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 18,808
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 39.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.1%
Median Earnings25+ $53,373
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,547
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,750


Median Family Income $99,258
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 19.2%


People Living Alone 38.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,651
Median House Value $464,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.7%
Irish 22.4%

Long Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles SE of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11561
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.588
Longitude -73.658

Long Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.5 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
Distance 9.3 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
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barnum Island 2,489 $97,037
Harbor Isle 1,471 $99,861
Hewlett Harbor 1,259 $226,250
Hewlett Neck 366 $201,250
Island Park 4,686 $75,203
Lido Beach 2,505 $201,932

Long Beach Public Libraries

Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach, New York
(516) 432-7201

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Long Beach Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(516) 897-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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