Introduction to Northport, New York

Northport, New York, in Suffolk county, is 9 miles NW of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 35 miles E of New York, New York. The village is home to some 7,606 residents.

Northport History

The Matinecock tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited this region which they called "Opcathontyche", meaning "wading place creek". The head of the tribe, Chief Asharoken, sold the land to Englishmen in 1656. The settlers used the area for farming and cattle grazing, earning it the name "Great Cow Harbor". In the 1830s, the shipbuilding industry flourished leading to the name being changed to "Northport". A station for the Long Island Railroad was established in Northport on April 25th, 1868. The village was officially incorporated in 1894.

Northport and Nearby Attractions

  • Northport Historical Museum
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • Northport Memorial Park

Things To Do In Northport

Artifacts and memorabilia depicting the cultural and historical background of the village are displayed in the Northport Historical Museum. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Huntington Historical Society, and Jewish Sports Hall of Fame also showcase exhibits which depict the region's heritage. Northport Memorial Park is a popular park where activities like fishing, picnicking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed. Similar activities are available at Belmont Lake State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Hempstead Lake State Park. Fire Island National Seashore, another popular place to visit, features over 30 miles of beach and includes camping sites, nature trails, and public marinas.

Northport Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur Airport is the nearest major airport.

Northport Higher Education

Colleges close to Northport are Dowling College, New York Institute of Technology - Central Islip, Long Island University - Brentwood, and SUNY Stony Brook.


Total Population 7,412
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,874
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 61.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $145,526
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 14.3%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,462
Median House Value $540,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 20%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Northport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NW of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11768
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.9
Longitude -73.343

Northport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 14.5 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
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Crab Meadow (11768)

Sunken Meadow (11768)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Asharoken 532 $162,250
Centerport 5,447 $140,476
East Northport 19,682 $108,805
Eatons Neck 1,469 $142,500
Fort Salonga 9,821 $139,265
Greenlawn 14,481 $108,194

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Northport Public Libraries

Northport Public Library
Northport, New York
(631) 261-6930
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Northport Hospitals

Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road
(631) 261-4400 or (800) 551-3996
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