Sea Cliff, New York

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Sea Cliff, New York

Introduction to Sea Cliff, New York

Sea Cliff, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles SE of New Rochelle, New York (center to center) and 19 miles NE of New York, New York. The village contains a population of approximately 5,066.

Sea Cliff History

In the 17th century, the area was known as "Muskeeta Cove". It was originally inhabited by Native Americans, but an Englishman, Joseph Carpenter, purchased the land from the Indians. The area was developed as a municipality in the 1870s and was incorporated as a village on October 10th, 1883. It was named because of its location on a bluff by the sea. Sea Cliff became a popular resort town in the 1890s.

Sea Cliff and Nearby Attractions

  • Tappen Beach
  • Sea Cliff Village Museum
  • Hempstead Harbor Park
  • Science Museum of Long Island
  • Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Things To Do In Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff is home to several parks including Central Park, Elm Park, Clifton Park, Veteran's Memorial Park, Prospect Park, Plaza Park, and Roslyn Park. The Sea Cliff Municipal Beach features a sandy strip and offers facilities for various sand and water sports. The Tappen Beach is also easily accessible from Sea Cliff. The exhibits in Sea Cliff Village Museum reflect the historical and cultural background of the region. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historical Park, and Queens County Farm Museum are other popular attractions in the area.

Sea Cliff Transportation

John F Kennedy International Airport is the closest major airport.

Sea Cliff Higher Education

Long Island University - C W Post Campus, New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury, and Hofstra University are nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 3% trophy Sea Cliff Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Sea Cliff Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Sea Cliff Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Sea Cliff College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Sea Cliff Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Sea Cliff Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Sea Cliff People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Sea Cliff, New York

Comparing Sea Cliff 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
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 7 6
Racial Diversity 5 6
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
People Living Alone 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 2
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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Sea Cliff Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of New Rochelle, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles NE of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11579
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.848
Longitude -73.645

Sea Cliff Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 12.3 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 14.3 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
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Sea Cliff Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,066 100%
Male 2,464 48.6%
Female 2,602 51.4%
Under 18 1,221 24.1%
18+ 3,845 75.9%
65+ 786 15.5%
Median Age 41.7
Average Family Size 3.06
White 4,804 94.8%
African-American 85 1.7%
Asian 62 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 48 0.9%
Mixed Race 61 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 241 4.8%

Estimated Sea Cliff Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,996
Growth -70
Growth % -1.4%

Sea Cliff 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
Irish 17.3%
Italian 16.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.8%
German 8.9%
Russian 8.7%
Polish 5.6%
English 5.2%
US/American 3.8%
Greek 2%
European 1.5%
Swedish 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Swiss 1%
French Canadian 1%
Norwegian 1%
Eastern European 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Finnish 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
British 0.8%
Danish 0.7%
Guyanese 0.6%
Belgian 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
Jamaican 0.4%
Icelander 0.4%
West Indian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sea Cliff 5,066 $100,576
Baxter Estates 1,006 $111,074
Glen Cove 26,622 $63,021
Glen Head 4,625 $83,048
Glenwood Landing 3,541 $90,784
Old Brookville 2,167 $155,731
Roslyn Harbor 1,023 $150,000

Sea Cliff Public Libraries

Sea Cliff Village Library
Sea Cliff, New York
(516) 671-4290

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