Medford, New York

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Medford, New York

Introduction to Medford, New York

Medford, New York, in Suffolk county, is 13 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 51 miles E of New York, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 21,985 people lived in Medford.

Medford History

In 1843, the Long Island Railroad established Medford Station in the Central Long Island Pine Barrens. The station connected Port Jefferson to Patchogue. The land around the station was auctioned by the Long Island Railroad in 1850, and was purchased by the O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Company. The station was visited by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.

Medford and nearby Attractions

  • Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Bartlett Arboretum
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Things To Do In Medford

Heckscher State Park, Fire Island National Seashore, Wildwood State Park, Captree State Park and Robert Moses State Park are some of the nearby parks and recreational areas. Local museums include the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, the Northport Historical Museum and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The Wildlife and Ecology Center, the Bartlett Arboretum and the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium are all accessible from Medford as well.

Medford Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Medford Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Sacred Heart University, Dowling College and the University of New Haven.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Medford Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Medford Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Medford People in Middle Class or Better
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Medford Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Medford Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Medford, New York

Comparing Medford 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 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
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 10
Portion of People Married 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
People Living Alone 1 2

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Medford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11763
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.817
Longitude -73.

Medford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.2 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 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
Distance 25.1 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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Medford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,985 100%
Male 10,815 49.2%
Female 11,170 50.8%
Under 18 6,089 27.7%
18+ 15,896 72.3%
65+ 1,724 7.8%
Median Age 34.9
Average Family Size 3.52
White 19,607 89.2%
African-American 875 4%
Asian 303 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 56 0.3%
Other 683 3.1%
Mixed Race 456 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,373 10.8%

Medford 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 31.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
Irish 16.2%
German 11.6%
English 3.5%
Polish 3.1%
US/American 2.9%
Russian 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1%
Portuguese 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Turkish 0.7%
Haitian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
European 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Guyanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Medford 21,985 $70,493
Coram 34,923 $70,769
East Patchogue 20,824 $64,323
Farmingville 16,458 $72,750
Gordon Heights 3,094 $54,450
Holtsville 17,006 $71,784
North Patchogue 7,825 $65,117

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Target Medford T-1948
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