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Overview

Introduction to Shirley, New York

Shirley, New York, in Suffolk county, is 19 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 58 miles E of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area.

City History

Shirley is a hamlet located in the Town of Brookhaven, which was originally inhabited by the Algonquian-speaking Native Americans. Brookhaven was first settled in by English settlers in 1655 and was incorporated in 1686. Shirley was named after its developer, Walter T. Shirley.

Shirley and nearby Attractions

  • Animal Farm Petting Zoo
  • Smith Point Park Beach
  • BNL Science Museum
  • Country Fair Entertainment Park
  • Splish Splash Water Park
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Things To Do In Shirley

Shirley is home to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Family daytrips can be enjoyed at the Smith Point County Park, Fire Island National Seashore and the Wildwood State Park. You can also visit the Bellport - Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, Animal Farm Petting Zoo, Wildlife and Ecology Center at Holtsville and the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium from Shirley. The Splish Splash Water Park is also close by.

Shirley Transportation

Air transportation is available from Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Shirley Higher Education

Saint Joseph's College- Suffolk Campus and Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus are the nearby institutes of higher education.

People

Total Population 25,691
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 8.7%
Employed Population 16+ 12,861
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 51.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,945
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,950
Median House Value $253,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.2%
Irish 20%

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

Shirley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11967
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.801
Longitude -72.868

Shirley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 6.9 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
Station RIVERHEAD RESEARCH FARM
Distance 13.9 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
Station BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance 28.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Yaphank (11967)

Smith Point (11967)

Smiths Point (11967)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookhaven 488,930 $100,735

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

Shirley Public Libraries

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407 WILLIAM FLOYD PARKWAY
Shirley, New York
(631) 399-1511
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