Selden, New York

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Selden, New York

Introduction to Selden, New York

Selden, New York, in Suffolk county, is 12 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 50 miles E of New York, New York. The town is in the Nassau- Suffolk area. There are 21,861 residents in Selden.

Selden History

Selden is a censu’sdesignated hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven, which was officially incorporated in 1686. The area was originally inhabited by Algonquian-speaking Native Americans. The town of Brookhaven includes around 8 incorporated villages and over 50 unincorporated hamlets. Selden was named in honor of Lieutenant Governor Henry Selden.

Selden and nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Cathedral Pines County Park
  • Animal Farm Petting Zoo
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Fire Island National Seashore

Things To Do In Selden

While staying in Selden, you can visit the Cathedral Pines County Park, the Country Fair Entertainment Park and the Wildlife and Ecology Center at Holtsville. The town also offers easy access to numerous historical sites and museums, including the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, Long Island Maritime Museum, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, Marshall Field III estate and the BNL Science Museum.

Selden Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur Airport is the nearest major airport.

Selden Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus, Dowling College, Sacred Heart University and Saint Joseph's College- Suffolk Campus.

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Selden Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Selden, New York

Comparing Selden 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Racial Diversity 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Age of the Population 3 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 1


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
Median Family Income 8 7
People Above Poverty 8 7
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Working at Home 2 2
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Selden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11784
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.866
Longitude -73.036

Selden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5 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 18.1 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 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
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Selden Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,861 100%
Male 10,767 49.3%
Female 11,094 50.7%
Under 18 6,198 28.4%
18+ 15,663 71.6%
65+ 1,888 8.6%
Median Age 34
Average Family Size 3.54
White 20,103 92%
African-American 410 1.9%
Asian 537 2.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 41 0.2%
Other 389 1.8%
Mixed Race 377 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,799 8.2%

Selden 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 37.2%
Irish 17.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
German 11.7%
Polish 4%
English 2.4%
US/American 2%
Portuguese 1.9%
Russian 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Norwegian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Egyptian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
European 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Scottish 0.4%
Haitian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Old Westfield (11784)

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)
Selden 21,861 $62,708
Centereach 27,285 $71,336
Coram 34,923 $70,769
Farmingville 16,458 $72,750
Gordon Heights 3,094 $54,450
Holtsville 17,006 $71,784
Terryville 10,589 $71,160

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(As of 2005)
1251 Middle Country Road
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