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Overview

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. The population of Riverhead is 10,513.

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.

People

Total Population 33,715
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 15,478
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 50.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $44,875
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,562
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,578

Wealth

Median Family Income $83,539
% Above Poverty Level 90.8%
% Below Poverty Level 9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,311
Median House Value $357,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.5%
Irish 21%

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

Notes:

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

Station RIVERHEAD RESEARCH FARM
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
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
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
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
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 2,012 $59,375
Calverton 6,372 $68,906
Flanders 4,851 $68,900
Jamesport 1,573 $81,738
Laurel 1,242 $114,946

Riverhead Hospitals

PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1300 ROANOKE AVENUE
(516) 548-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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RIVERHEAD SHS
700 HARRISON AVE
631-369-6723
Serves 1,462 students.

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