Middle Island, New York

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Middle Island, New York

Introduction to Middle Island, New York

Middle Island, New York, in Suffolk county, is 17 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 55 miles E of New York, New York. The town has a population of 9,702.

Middle Island History

The history of the community began in 1766, when the first Presbyterian Church was constructed and Rev. David Rose served as pastor. In the same year, a cemetery was built and in 1813, the first schoolhouse was established. Pfeiffer's Store, a typical country store that served the area for more than 100 years, was the center of social activity during those years. Alonzo Chappel settled near the Corwin's Pond in 1869, and the lake was thereafter named "Artist Lake". The community was christened "Middle Island" because of its location between the Eastern and Western boundaries of Long Island, as well as the Northern and Southern ends. It is now a part of the Town of Brookhaven.

Middle Island and Nearby Attractions

  • Suffolk County Historical Society
  • Marshall Field III estate
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Hillwood Art Museum
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Cathedral Pines County Park

Things To Do In Middle Island

Suffolk County Historical Society, Long Island Museum, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, and Long Island Maritime Museum have artifacts and memorabilia depicting the region's natural, cultural, and historical background. Opportunities for golf are available at the Middle Island Country Club, Mill Pond Golf Course, and Spring Lake Golf Club. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Marshall Field III estate, and Thomas Griswold House are some of the historic sites in the area. Middle Island, which is home to the Cathedral Pines County Park, is situatedupon 320 acres and features biking trails and open camp sites. Fire Island National Seashore is another popular place to visit.

Middle Island Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur is the closest major airport.

Middle Island Higher Education

Colleges near Middle Island are Dowling College, New York Institute of Technology - Central Islip, Saint Joseph's College - Suffolk, and SUNY Stony Brook.

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Comparative Profile of Middle Island, New York

Comparing Middle Island 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
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Age of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 5 5
Male Share of the Population 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 6
Portion of People Married 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
Median Family Income 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 5 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Working at Home 3 2
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Middle Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11953
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.884
Longitude -72.937

Middle Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.7 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 10.3 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 12.9 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
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Middle Island Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,702 100%
Male 4,612 47.5%
Female 5,090 52.5%
Under 18 2,185 22.5%
18+ 7,517 77.5%
65+ 1,333 13.7%
Median Age 36.8
Average Family Size 3.01
White 8,290 85.4%
African-American 735 7.6%
Asian 237 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.2%
Other 186 1.9%
Mixed Race 224 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 667 6.9%

Middle Island 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 31.9%
Irish 15.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.7%
German 12.1%
US/American 4.6%
Polish 4.2%
English 1.9%
Russian 1.9%
Haitian 1.5%
Scottish 1.1%
Norwegian 1.1%
Swedish 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Turkish 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Jordanian 0.4%
Guyanese 0.4%
Barbadian 0.4%
African 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Estonian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Egyptian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Middle Island 9,702 $58,171
Coram 34,923 $70,769
Gordon Heights 3,094 $54,450
Ridge 13,380 $60,039
Rocky Point 10,185 $60,423
Sound Beach 9,807 $66,018
Yaphank 5,025 $72,348

Middle Island Public Libraries

Longwood Public Library
Middle Island, New York
(631) 924-6400

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Wal-mart in Middle Island

(As of 2006)
750 Middle Country Road
(631) 924-0081
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