Ronkonkoma, New York

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Ronkonkoma, New York

Introduction to Ronkonkoma, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York, in Suffolk county, is 7 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 45 miles E of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. There are an estimated 20,029 people in Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma History

Ronkonkoma is a census designated hamlet located in the Town of Islip, which was first settled in by Europeans in the 1680s. Islip gained the status of a town in 1790 and presently includes around 4 incorporated villages and more than 20 unincorporated hamlets. The area was originally inhabited by the Algonquin Indians. The name of the hamlet can be translated to the 'resting place of the wild geese,' 'fishing place,' and 'white sand.'

Ronkonkoma and nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Park
  • Hallock Fitz-Greene Homestead Museum
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
  • Wildwood State Park
  • Fire Island National Seashore

Things To Do In Ronkonkoma

Ronkonkoma offers facilities for a number of recreational activities. Cedar Grove Beach, Belmont Lake State Park, Heckscher State Park, Caumsett State Park and Robert Moses State Park are all popular local tourist spots. The Caumsett State Historic Park, Marshall Field III estate and the Long Island Maritime Museum are great places to learn more about the history of the area. You can also enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma Transportation

Ronkonkoma offers easy access to the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Ronkonkoma Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued from the Dover Technical School, Dowling College, Suffolk County Community College - Western Campus and Sacred Heart University.

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High Points

Ronkonkoma strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Ronkonkoma Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Ronkonkoma Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Ronkonkoma People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Ronkonkoma Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Ronkonkoma, New York

Comparing Ronkonkoma 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
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Racial Diversity 6 7
Age of the Population 4 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 2

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Ronkonkoma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11749, 11779
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.815
Longitude -73.112

Ronkonkoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.3 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 6 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 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
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Ronkonkoma Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,029 100%
Male 9,881 49.3%
Female 10,148 50.7%
Under 18 5,166 25.8%
18+ 14,863 74.2%
65+ 1,504 7.5%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 3.43
White 18,798 93.9%
African-American 180 0.9%
Asian 479 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 12 0.1%
Other 224 1.1%
Mixed Race 328 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,269 6.3%

Ronkonkoma 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 36.6%
Irish 18.8%
German 11.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
Polish 3.6%
English 2.7%
US/American 2.6%
Russian 1.8%
Portuguese 1.5%
Scottish 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Maltese 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
European 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Ronkonkoma Heights (11779)

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)
Ronkonkoma 20,029 $73,003
Bohemia 9,871 $73,218
Centereach 27,285 $71,336
Holbrook 27,512 $76,349
Islandia 3,057 $69,615
Lake Grove 10,250 $73,065
Lake Ronkonkoma 19,701 $67,375
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