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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 9,343
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,780
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 55.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $118,832
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 8.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,978
Median House Value $398,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0.8%
English 4%
Irish 28.7%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
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
Station NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
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
Station NEW YORK LA GUARDIA AP
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bethpage 16,315 $121,057
East Farmingdale 6,414 $94,297
Farmingdale 8,399 $98,427

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

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