Sound Beach, New York

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Sound Beach, New York

Introduction to Sound Beach, New York

Sound Beach, New York, in Suffolk county, is 18 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 55 miles E of New York, New York. The town has some 9,807 residents.

Sound Beach History

The community of Sound Beach was established in the 1920s. The New York Daily Mirror sold lots to middle income residents of New York City. Initially, large tents were erected which eventually gave way to small cottages. For almost 40 years after it was established, the community remained a summer resort. People of German, Italian, and Irish descent came here during the summer months. However, in current years, Sound Beach has developed into a year-round community. It is a part of the Town of Brookhaven.

Sound Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Belmont Lake State Park

Things To Do In Sound Beach

The Long Island Museum, which is within 10 miles of Sound Beach, is situated upon 9 acres and features history, art, and carriage museums. The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, the Garbage Museum, and BNL Science Museum are also close by. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Eli Whitney Gun Factory, and Marshall Field III estate are sites of historic importance in the area. Fire Island National Seashore, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay, is a popular destination that includes 32 miles of beach, nature trails, and public marinas. Fishing, picnicking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Belmont Lake State Park, Sherwood Island State Park, and Heckscher State Park. Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, and Beardsley Zoological Gardens are other popular attractions in the region.

Sound Beach Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Sound Beach Higher Education

Colleges near Sound Beach are SUNY Stony Brook, Long Island University - Brentwood, Saint Joseph's College - Suffolk, and Dowling College.

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
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Top 17% Sound Beach Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Sound Beach, New York

Comparing Sound Beach 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
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Racial Diversity 4 5
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 9 9
Portion of People Married 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
College Educated Adults 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 5 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Sound Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11789
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.956
Longitude -72.968

Sound Beach 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 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 10.9 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 13.2 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
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Sound Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,807 100%
Male 4,850 49.5%
Female 4,957 50.5%
Under 18 2,812 28.7%
18+ 6,995 71.3%
65+ 808 8.2%
Median Age 34.3
Average Family Size 3.29
White 9,436 96.2%
African-American 62 0.6%
Asian 117 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.1%
Other 68 0.7%
Mixed Race 103 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 341 3.5%

Sound Beach 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 29.9%
Irish 22.8%
German 14.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.8%
Polish 3.2%
US/American 3%
English 2%
Norwegian 1.8%
Greek 1.7%
Hungarian 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
European 1.3%
Danish 1.2%
Swedish 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Turkish 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Celtic 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Estonian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Cypriot 0.2%
British 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Scotts Beach (11789)

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)
Sound Beach 9,807 $66,018
Middle Island 9,702 $58,171
Miller Place 10,580 $87,656
Mount Sinai 8,734 $89,636
Port Jefferson Station 7,527 $63,185
Rocky Point 10,185 $60,423
Shoreham 417 $116,985
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