Plainedge, New York

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Plainedge, New York

Introduction to Plainedge, New York

Plainedge, New York, in Nassau County, is 1 mile E of Levittown, New York and 26 miles E of New York, New York. About 9,195 people live in Plainedge.

Plainedge History

In the late 17th century, the area was known as Massapequa. William Frost and Thomas Powell purchased most of the land. Initially, the community was a rural one, dependent largely on farming of cattle and poultry. By the early 1800s, the area had a school district. It experienced major growth during the housing boom after World War II. By 1960, there were around 6,000 homes in the community. It was named Plainedge due to its location adjacent to a prairie.

Plainedge and nearby Attractions

  • African American Museum
  • Belmont Lake State Park
  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
  • Long Island Children's Museum
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Things To Do In Plainedge

The Roslyn Grist Mill, Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park and Marshall Field III estate are some of the nearby historical sites. The African American Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hofstra Museum showcase are the local museums. Jones Beach State Park features 6.5 miles of ocean beach. It also offers fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and golfing opportunities.

Plainedge Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the closest major airport.

Plainedge Higher Education

Colleges near Plainedge include the SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale, the New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury, Hofstra University and Nassau Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Plainedge Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Plainedge People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Plainedge Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Plainedge Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Plainedge, New York

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Short Commute Times 2 4
Working at Home 1 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Housing Recently Built 2 6
People Living Alone 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Plainedge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles E of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11756
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.717
Longitude -73.484

Plainedge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.7 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 15.9 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 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
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Plainedge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,195 100%
Male 4,403 47.9%
Female 4,792 52.1%
Under 18 2,274 24.7%
18+ 6,921 75.3%
65+ 1,447 15.7%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.36
White 8,681 94.4%
African-American 50 0.5%
Asian 225 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 125 1.4%
Mixed Race 102 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 473 5.1%

Plainedge 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 35.3%
Irish 20.4%
German 10.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.1%
US/American 3.8%
Polish 3.3%
Greek 2.6%
English 2.5%
Hungarian 1.1%
Russian 1%
Scottish 0.8%
Afghan 0.8%
Croatian 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Romanian 0.5%
Eastern European 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Guyanese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Island Trees (11756)

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)
Plainedge 9,195 $75,588
Bethpage 16,543 $78,573
East Farmingdale 5,400 $71,726
Farmingdale 8,399 $68,235
Levittown 53,067 $73,851
North Massapequa 19,152 $76,958
North Wantagh 12,156 $76,345
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