Plainview, New York

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Plainview, New York

Introduction to Plainview, New York

Plainview, New York, in Nassau county, is 4 miles NE of Levittown, New York and 27 miles E of New York, New York. The town is part of the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. About 25,637 people live in Plainview.

Plainview History

Plainview's origin dates back to 1695, when Robert Williams purchased land in this area. Its earliest settlers named it Manetto Hill. This was inspired by the Native American word for "God." Residents petitioned for a local post office in 1885, but they were turned down by the United States Postal Service because the name of the town was already in use. The residents then renamed the town Plainview, in reference to the "plain-view" of Hempstead Plains that was visible from the top of Manetto Hill.

Plainview and nearby Attractions

  • Bethpage State Park
  • Cantiague Park
  • West Hills County Park
  • Oyster Bay Golf Course
  • Blue Mountain
  • Hicksville Gregory Museum

Things To Do In Plainview

Plainview has several community parks, including the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, which is spread over 19 acres of land and features tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, racquetball/handball courts, a children's pool, an Olympic sized pool, basketball courts, wooded trails and a children's playground. Plainview is also home to Manetto Hills Park, which is a nature preserve.

Plainview Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Plainview Higher Education

SUNY College of Technology, Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology provide facilities for higher studies.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Plainview Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Plainview Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Plainview People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Plainview Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Plainview College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Plainview, New York

Comparing Plainview 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 9
Senior Citizens 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Racial Diversity 3 7


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 1 6
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 3 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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Plainview Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11803
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.776
Longitude -73.467

Plainview Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.4 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 8.9 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 21.8 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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Plainview Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 25,637 100%
Male 12,442 48.5%
Female 13,195 51.5%
Under 18 6,423 25.1%
18+ 19,214 74.9%
65+ 4,348 17%
Median Age 41.4
Average Family Size 3.22
White 23,984 93.6%
African-American 98 0.4%
Asian 1,229 4.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0%
Other 101 0.4%
Mixed Race 220 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 658 2.6%

Plainview 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.1%
Italian 19.9%
Russian 9.7%
US/American 8.8%
Irish 7.8%
Polish 7.4%
German 4.9%
Eastern European 2.9%
Greek 2.2%
European 1.9%
Austrian 1.7%
Israeli 1.6%
Hungarian 1.4%
English 1.3%
Romanian 0.9%
Croatian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Iranian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Maltese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plainview 25,637 $98,233
Bethpage 16,543 $78,573
Farmingdale 8,399 $68,235
Hicksville 41,260 $72,505
Melville 14,533 $99,881
Old Bethpage 5,400 $100,325
West Hills 5,607 $94,363

Plainview Public Libraries

Plainview-old Bethpage Public Library
Plainview, New York
(516) 938-0077

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Plainview Hospitals

(516) 719-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Plainview

(As of 2005)
Plainview Centre
399 South Oyster Bay Road
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