Introduction to Riverhead, New York

Riverhead, New York is 28 miles SE of West Haven, Connecticut and 70 miles E of New York, New York. It is in Suffolk county and part of the Nassau- Suffolk metro area.

Riverhead History

The present day town of Riverhead was established on March 13, 1792. Prior to that, it was a part of Southold. Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the area. In 1742, the land was divided among the white settlers. The first town meeting was held on April 3, 1792. At the time of its inception, the town was known as River Head. Later on, the two words were merged and the name of the town became Riverhead.

Riverhead and nearby Attractions

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum of Riverhead
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Hallockville Museum Farm
  • Railroad Museum of Long Island
  • Wildwood State Park
  • Splish Splash Water Park

Things To Do In Riverhead

Riverhead offers the opportunity to enjoy a number of recreational facilities. You can visit the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium and the Dinosaur Walk Museum of Riverhead during your leisure hours. You can also visit the Indian Island County Park, Railroad Museum of Long Island, Wildwood State Park and the Hallockville Museum Farm and Folklife Center. The Splish Splash Water Park is another popular tourist haunt, especially among children, near Riverhead.

Riverhead Transportation

Air transportation is available from Tweed - New Haven Airport.

Riverhead Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College- Eastern Campus and Central Suffolk School of Radiologic Technology lie within the town.


Total Population 33,769
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 14,755
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 51.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.5%
Median Earnings25+ $42,799
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,972
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,924


Median Family Income $82,579
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,303
Median House Value $355,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 22.1%

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

Riverhead Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SE of West Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11901
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.916
Longitude -72.662

Riverhead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
Distance 19.4 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 20 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aquebogue 1,958 $92,422
Calverton 6,380 $74,350
Flanders 4,906 $76,207
Jamesport 1,355 $80,196

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

Riverhead Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(516) 548-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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