Oceanside, New York

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Oceanside, New York

Introduction to Oceanside, New York

Oceanside, New York, in Nassau county, is 4 miles S of Hempstead, New York and 19 miles E of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area with. Oceanside's population is approximately 32,733.

Oceanside History

The present day town of Oceanside was originally known as South Bay. The area was renamed Christian Hook and changed to Oceanville in 1864. However, since there was already another Oceanville in New York, the name of this town was changed to Ocean Side in 1890. The first school of the area was built in 1838.

Oceanside and nearby Attractions

  • Belmont Park race track
  • Hofstra Museum
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan

Things To Do In Oceanside

Oceanside offers a number of recreational facilities for both its residents and visitors. The Long Island Children's Museum, African American Museum and the Rock Hall Museum are all worth visiting. The Valley Stream State Park, Lido Beach Town Park and Eisenhower Park are also nearby. The Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Floating Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach are ideal family destinationss. Golfers can spend their leisure hours at the Bay Park Golf Course.

Oceanside Transportation

International air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Oceanside Higher Education

Nassau Community College, Hofstra University, SUNY College at Old Westbury and Adelphi University offer facilities for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Oceanside Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Oceanside Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Oceanside Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Oceanside People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Oceanside, New York

Comparing Oceanside 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
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 5
Racial Diversity 3 7


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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Oceanside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11572
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.638
Longitude -73.64

Oceanside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 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 7.4 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 18.2 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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Oceanside Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 32,733 100%
Male 15,836 48.4%
Female 16,897 51.6%
Under 18 8,177 25%
18+ 24,556 75%
65+ 5,108 15.6%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 3.25
White 31,079 94.9%
African-American 184 0.6%
Asian 600 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.1%
Other 518 1.6%
Mixed Race 327 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,931 5.9%

Oceanside 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 28.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
Irish 13.5%
German 7.9%
US/American 7.2%
Russian 6.4%
Polish 5.1%
English 2.1%
Greek 1.2%
European 1.1%
Eastern European 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Israeli 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Scottish 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
British 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rockville Center (11572)

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)
Oceanside 32,733 $83,711
Baldwin 23,455 $78,400
Baldwin Harbor 8,147 $95,240
East Rockaway 10,414 $78,363
Hewlett Harbor 1,271 $185,962
Lynbrook 19,911 $75,023
Rockville Centre 24,568 $103,315

Oceanside Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(516) 632-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Oceanside

(As of 2005)
The Sands
3549A Long Beach Road
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