Rocky Point, New York

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Rocky Point, New York

Introduction to Rocky Point, New York

Rocky Point, New York, in Suffolk county, is 19 miles S of Milford, Connecticut and 57 miles E of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,185 people in Rocky Point.

Rocky Point History

Rocky Point was settled in by Europeans in the 1800s. Its first post office was established in the 1870s. It is a census-designated hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven, which was incorporated in 1686. The RCA Radio Central transmitted its first transatlantic message from Rocky Point on November 5, 1921. The Radio Central was a milestone in the development of wireless communication. However, it was demolished in the 1970s.

Rocky Point and nearby Attractions

  • Wildwood State Park
  • BNL Science Museum
  • Hillwood Art Museum
  • John A. Minetto State Park
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park

Things To Do In Rocky Point

While staying in Rocky Point, you can visit the Wildwood State Park, Heckscher State Park, John A. Minetto State Park and the Fire Island National Seashore. The Hillwood Art Museum, Bellport- Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, Long Island Museum and the Garbage Museum are also popular local tourist spots.

Rocky Point Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Rocky Point Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus, SUNY at Stony Brook and University of New Haven provide facilities for higher education.

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Comparative Profile of Rocky Point, New York

Comparing Rocky Point 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Racial Diversity 5 6
Age of the Population 3 1
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 8
Portion of People Married 7 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 6 5
College Educated Adults 6 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 6
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 5 4
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Housing Recently Built 4 8
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4

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Rocky Point Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles S of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11778
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.952
Longitude -72.925

Rocky Point Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.2 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
Distance 11 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 11.2 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
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Rocky Point Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,185 100%
Male 5,091 50%
Female 5,094 50%
Under 18 3,082 30.3%
18+ 7,103 69.7%
65+ 836 8.2%
Median Age 33.3
Average Family Size 3.32
White 9,737 95.6%
African-American 69 0.7%
Asian 123 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.2%
Other 81 0.8%
Mixed Race 158 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 511 5%

Rocky Point 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 34.3%
Irish 14.7%
German 12%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.1%
English 4.2%
Polish 3.1%
Greek 2.5%
US/American 2.1%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Swedish 1.6%
Norwegian 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Hungarian 1.3%
Russian 1.2%
Scottish 1.1%
Portuguese 1%
Turkish 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Maltese 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Albanian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rocky Point 10,185 $60,423
Middle Island 9,702 $58,171
Miller Place 10,580 $87,656
Ridge 13,380 $60,039
Shoreham 417 $116,985
Sound Beach 9,807 $66,018
Wading River 6,668 $73,059
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