Shirley, New York

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Shirley, New York

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. There are an estimated 25,395 people in Shirley.

City History

Shirley is a censu’sdesignated 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.

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Comparative Profile of Shirley, New York

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 7 6
People Above Poverty 6 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 7 6
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 7 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 4
Affordability of Rents 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Shirley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 25,395 100%
Male 12,653 49.8%
Female 12,742 50.2%
Under 18 7,917 31.2%
18+ 17,478 68.8%
65+ 1,592 6.3%
Median Age 31.9
Average Family Size 3.67
White 22,778 89.7%
African-American 845 3.3%
Asian 312 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 82 0.3%
Other 721 2.8%
Mixed Race 649 2.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,749 10.8%

Shirley 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 36.1%
Irish 17.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
German 9.5%
Polish 4.2%
US/American 3.5%
English 2.3%
Russian 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Shirley 25,395 $58,146
Brookhaven 3,570 $80,863
Mastic 15,436 $54,047
Mastic Beach 11,543 $49,219
Moriches 2,319 $74,659
North Bellport 9,007 $56,140
Yaphank 5,025 $72,348

Shirley Public Libraries

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