Introduction to Oyster Bay, New York

Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County, is 9 miles N of Levittown, New York and 25 miles E of New York, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 6,826 people lived in Oyster Bay.

Oyster Bay History

A railroad was introduced to this area in the late 1880s. Since Theodore Roosevelt, the future president of the U.S., stayed near Oyster Bay, rapid development occurred in the hamlet, including construction of a memorial park in the President’s name and restoration of the Oyster Bay Long Island Railroad Station.

Oyster Bay and nearby Attractions

  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Bird Sanctuary
  • Planting Fields Arboretum
  • Queens Zoo
  • Maritime Aquarium

Things To Do In Oyster Bay

Museums in the area include the Nassau County Museum of Art, the American Airpower Museum and the Norwalk Museum. Belmont Lake State Park and the Queens Zoo and Maritime Aquarium are each accessible from Oyster Bay. The burial site of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President, is also located in Oyster Bay.

Oyster Bay Transportation

Air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy international Airport.

Oyster Bay Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Long Island University, Hofstra University, the New York Institute of Technology and Nassau Community College.


Total Population 295,821
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 145,096
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 58.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.3%
Median Earnings25+ $57,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,753
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,807


Median Family Income $128,073
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 12.5%


People Living Alone 17.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,694
Median House Value $472,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.9%
Irish 19.9%

Oyster Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11771
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.865
Longitude -73.532

Oyster Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 15 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 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cove Neck 271 $211,250
East Norwich 2,677 $157,760
Matinecock 886 $228,000
Mill Neck 986 $178,750
Oyster Bay Cove 2,165 $211,250
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