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.

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.


Total Population 18,634
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,346
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.4%
Median Earnings25+ $49,272
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,734
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,052


Median Family Income $96,021
% Above Poverty Level 95.1%
% Below Poverty Level 4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5%


People Living Alone 18.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,492
Median House Value $338,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.2%
Irish 26.5%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bohemia 9,977 $96,528
Centereach 32,649 $101,910
Holbrook 27,533 $110,360
Islandia 3,370 $98,826
Lake Grove 11,262 $107,212
Lake Ronkonkoma 19,943 $106,229

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

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