Ridge, New York

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Ridge, New York

Introduction to Ridge, New York

Ridge, New York, in Suffolk county, is 19 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 57 miles E of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Nassau- Suffolk metro area, Ridge is home to some 13,380 residents.

Ridge History

Ridge's history dates back to 1693, when William "Tangier" Smith purchased a large plot on the southern shore of Long Island. The plot was called St. George’s Manor. The southern area of Ridge was once known as Longswamp. William Sydney Smith lived in the first house that was built in Longswamp and renamed the area Longwood. The northern part of Ridge was settled in by Samuel Randall. It was initially called Randalville, but later renamed Ridge to facilitate postal delivery.

Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • BNL Science Museum
  • Rocky Point
  • Wildwood State Park
  • Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum
  • Hillwood Art Museum
  • Long Island Maritime Museum

Things To Do In Ridge

There are huge expanses of rich parkland around Ridge. People have access to well maintained parks and forest preserves with nature trails that provide opportunities for hiking through scenic areas. The Wildwood State Park, which is in the neighborhood, has over 600 acres of undeveloped forestland. It includes a beach and has picnic and camping areas, trails and facilities for fishing, as well as a playground. The waterfront provides opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.

Ridge Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Ridge Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College, Saint Joseph's College and Dowling College provide programs in higher education .

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Comparative Profile of Ridge, New York

Comparing Ridge 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Racial Diversity 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 7 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 5 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Working at Home 4 3
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
People Living Alone 9 9
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4

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Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11961
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.893
Longitude -72.896

Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.5 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
Distance 12.5 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
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
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Ridge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,380 100%
Male 6,065 45.3%
Female 7,315 54.7%
Under 18 3,110 23.2%
18+ 10,270 76.8%
65+ 3,891 29.1%
Median Age 43
Average Family Size 3.09
White 12,442 93%
African-American 462 3.5%
Asian 120 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 38 0.3%
Other 101 0.8%
Mixed Race 213 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 469 3.5%

Ridge 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 31.8%
Irish 19.9%
German 14.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
US/American 5%
Polish 4.1%
English 3.7%
Norwegian 1.9%
Russian 1.6%
Scottish 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Greek 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
African 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
West Indian 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Cypriot 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Panamoka (11961)
Panamoka (11961)

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)
Ridge 13,380 $60,039
Gordon Heights 3,094 $54,450
Middle Island 9,702 $58,171
Rocky Point 10,185 $60,423
Shoreham 417 $116,985
Wading River 6,668 $73,059
Yaphank 5,025 $72,348
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