Introduction to Rye, New York

Rye, New York, in Westchester county, is 4 miles SW of Greenwich, Connecticut and 22 miles NE of New York, New York. The city is located in the New York metropolitan area.

Rye History

The area now known as Rye was originally inhabited by the Mohegan Indians and was a part of the Town of Rye. It was initially incorporated as the Village of Rye on September 12, 1904. Rye was reincorporated as a city on January 1, 1942. The city was named after the town of Rye, England. It is the oldest permanent settlement of the county, which began around 1660. John Coe, Thomas Studwell and John Budd were some of the early settlers in the area. The city is home to a historic amusement park, the Rye Playland, which is also designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Rye and nearby Attractions

  • Rye Nature Center
  • Square House Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

Things To Do In Rye

While staying in Rye, leisure hours can be spent at the Manursing Island Park, Rye Town Park, Oakland Beach, Rye Nature Center and Rye Beach. The Marshland Conservancy and Rye Playland are ideal places to plan a day trip to. The Apawami Golf Club and Rye Golf Club offer excellent facilities to local golfers. The Floating Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Bronx Zoo and the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary are also popular spots in the area.

Rye Transportation

Air transportation is provided by the Westchester County Airport.

Rye Higher Education

SUNY College at Purchase, Iona College and The College of New Rochelle are some of the nearby institutes of higher education.


Total Population 15,944
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,200
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 65.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 74%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $189,053
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 33.4%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,878
Median House Value $1,055,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.8%
Irish 20.4%

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

Rye Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SW of Greenwich, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles NE of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10580
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.98
Longitude -73.684

Rye Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harrison 27,998 $124,744
Mamaroneck 29,657 $161,607

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

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