Merrick, New York

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Merrick, New York

Introduction to Merrick, New York

Merrick, New York, in Nassau county, is 4 miles SE of Hempstead, New York and 23 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 22,764 people lived in Merrick.

Merrick History

Merrick was originally inhabited by the Meroke Indians. In fact, it derived its name from an Indian term meaning "barren land." The area was first settled in by the English in 1643. It became a trading center during the colonial period. The construction of the South Shore Railroad in the late 1880s had a tremendous influence on the development of the area. The population of Merrick boomed after World War II.

Merrick and nearby Attractions

  • Wall Doxey State Park
  • Marshall County Historical Museum
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Suggs Water Spray Park
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Memphis Zoo and Aquarium

Things To Do In Merrick

While staying in Merrick, you can visit the Cow Meadow Preserve, Merrick Road Park, Julian Lane Park and Cammanns Point Park. You can also enjoy fishing and swimming on the East Meadow Pond. The Bethpage State Park, Hempstead Lake State Park and Eisenhower Park are also popular local spots. The Suggs Water Spray Park and Memphis Zoo and Aquarium are also ideal for a family day trip.

Merrick Transportation

JFK International is nearby.

Merrick Higher Education

Hofstra University, SUNY College at Old Westbury and the New York Institute of Technology- Old Westbury are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
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Top 2% trophy Merrick Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Merrick Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
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Top 5% trophy Merrick People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Merrick Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Merrick College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Merrick, New York

Comparing Merrick 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
Age of the Population 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Racial Diversity 5 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Senior Citizens 4 3


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


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

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Merrick Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SE of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11566
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.662
Longitude -73.551

Merrick 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 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 11.5 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 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
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Merrick Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,764 100%
Male 10,980 48.2%
Female 11,784 51.8%
Under 18 6,265 27.5%
18+ 16,499 72.5%
65+ 2,885 12.7%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 3.27
White 21,666 95.2%
African-American 127 0.6%
Asian 510 2.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.1%
Other 214 0.9%
Mixed Race 222 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 842 3.7%

Merrick 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 21.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
Irish 12.7%
Russian 9.9%
US/American 9.3%
Polish 7.1%
German 6.9%
English 2%
Greek 1.8%
Eastern European 1.7%
Austrian 1.4%
Hungarian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Israeli 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Merrick 22,764 $99,589
Bellmore 16,441 $83,236
Freeport 43,783 $61,673
North Bellmore 20,079 $80,067
North Merrick 11,844 $85,190
Roosevelt 15,854 $56,380
Wantagh 18,971 $91,019

Starbucks in Merrick

(As of 2005)
2015 Merrick Road
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