North Wantagh, New York

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North Wantagh, New York

Introduction to North Wantagh, New York

North Wantagh, New York, in Nassau county, is 2 miles S of Levittown, New York and 25 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,156 people lived in North Wantagh.

North Wantagh History

North Wantagh is a census - designated hamlet in Nassau County, which was founded in 1899. The area was originally inhabited by the Algonquin speaking Merikoke Indians. It was first settled in by Europeans in the mid-1600s. The Long Island Railroad began serving the area in 1885. Until the early 20th Century, North Wantagh was basically a farming region. Tourism developed with the construction of the Sunrise Highway and Jones Beach.

North Wantagh and nearby Attractions

  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Adventureland Amusement Park
  • Hicksville Gregory Museum
  • Long Island Children's Museum
  • Bethpage State Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary

Things To Do In North Wantagh

During your stay in North Wantagh, you can visit the Forest City Park, Hempstead Lake State Park, Valley Stream State Park, and Jones Beach State Park. You can also take a look around the Wantagh Park, Wantagh Public Library, Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, and the Wantagh Museum of the Wantagh Preservation Society. The Mill Pond Park and the Twin Lakes Preserve offer facilities for fishing. Golf lovers can enjoy the facilities offered by the Cantiague Park Golf Course.

North Wantagh Transportation

Republic Airport is nearby.

North Wantagh Higher Education

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

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy North Wantagh Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% North Wantagh People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% North Wantagh Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% North Wantagh Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% North Wantagh Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% North Wantagh Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of North Wantagh, New York

Comparing North Wantagh 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 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Age of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 7 7
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Racial Diversity 5 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 9
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 3


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

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North Wantagh Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11793
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.693
Longitude -73.508

North Wantagh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 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 14.2 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 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
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North Wantagh Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,156 100%
Male 5,803 47.7%
Female 6,353 52.3%
Under 18 2,864 23.6%
18+ 9,292 76.4%
65+ 1,973 16.2%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 3.2
White 11,670 96%
African-American 55 0.5%
Asian 221 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 97 0.8%
Mixed Race 111 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 556 4.6%

North Wantagh 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 31.5%
Irish 20.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.6%
German 10.2%
Russian 5.7%
Polish 4%
US/American 2.4%
English 2.2%
Greek 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Austrian 1.2%
Norwegian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Maltese 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Briar Park (11793)

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)
North Wantagh 12,156 $76,345
Bellmore 16,441 $83,236
Massapequa 22,652 $88,571
North Bellmore 20,079 $80,067
Plainedge 9,195 $75,588
Seaford 15,791 $85,751
Wantagh 18,971 $91,019
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