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Overview

Introduction to Port Jefferson, New York

Port Jefferson, New York, in Suffolk County, is 14 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 49 miles E of New York, New York.

Port Jefferson History

Once known as the Drowned Meadow because of the frequent floods that plagued the area, Port Jefferson was a major ship building community during its early years. In 1836, it was named Port Jefferson in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, who provided funds that were used to prevent flooding in the area. In the 1880s, Port Jefferson was a major whaling port. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1964.

Port Jefferson and nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Marshall Field III estate
  • Mather House Museum
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Maritime Aquarium

Things To Do In Port Jefferson

The Mather House Museum, located in Port Jefferson, showcases maritime and shipbuilding exhibits. The Long Island Museum, the Long Island Maritime Museum, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum are some of the local museums. Marshall Field III estate, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park and Eagles Nest are all nearby as well. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens, Captain's Cove Seaport, Fire Island National Seashore and Sherwood Island State Park are some of the other popular attractions in the area.

Port Jefferson Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur is the nearest major airport.

Port Jefferson Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College-Ammerman Campus, Dowling College, Sacred Heart University and Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus.

People

Total Population 7,802
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,729
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 57.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $140,515
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 5.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,609
Median House Value $495,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.9%
Irish 22.4%

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

Port Jefferson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11777
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.946
Longitude -73.069

Port Jefferson 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 SETAUKET STRONG
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station ISLIP LI MACARTHUR AP
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belle Terre 783 $219,531

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

Port Jefferson Public Libraries

Library
Port Jefferson Free Library
100 THOMPSON STREET
Port Jefferson, New York
(631) 473-0022

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Port Jefferson Hospitals

JOHN T MATHER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF PORT JEFFERSON
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
75 NORTH COUNTRY ROAD
(631) 473-1320
Emergency Service: Yes

ST CHARLES HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
200 BELLE TERRE ROAD
(631) 474-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Port Jefferson High Schools

EARL L VANDERMEULEN HS
350 OLD POST RD
631-476-4400
Serves 355 students.

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