Southold, New York

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Southold, New York

Introduction to Southold, New York

Southold, New York, in Suffolk County, is 30 miles SE of West Haven, Connecticut and 84 miles E of New York, New York. The town is home to some 5,465 residents.

Southold History

The first European settlers arrived in Southold in 1640, in what was the first English settlement on Long Island. English Puritans from Connecticut settled in this region on October 21, 1640 under the leadership of Reverend John Youngs. Southold was named after the coastal town of Southwold, England. Southold remained under the jurisdiction of New Haven until 1662 and then under control of the Connecticut Colony until 1674.

Southold and nearby Attractions

  • Bridgehampton Historical Society
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Monte Cristo Cottage
  • Fort Griswold State Park
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens

Things To Do In Southold

The East End Seaport Museum, the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, the Museums of Historical Southold, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Monte Cristo Cottage and Hyland House are some of the museums and historical sites accessible from Southold. Parks and recreational areas accessible from Southold include the Fort Griswold State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park and Harkness Memorial State Park. The Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, the Beardsley Zoological Gardens and Foxwoods Resort and Casino are all accessible from Southold as well.

Southold Transportation

Air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Southold Higher Education

Colleges and universities near Southold include Mitchell College, Long Island University-Southampton College and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Southold Low Rate of Poverty
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Southold Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Southold, New York

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 8 7
College Educated Adults 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Short Commute Times 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 7 10
People Living Alone 5 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Southold Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SE of West Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11971
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.064
Longitude -72.426

Southold Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 16.6 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 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
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Southold Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,465 100%
Male 2,635 48.2%
Female 2,830 51.8%
Under 18 1,133 20.7%
18+ 4,332 79.3%
65+ 1,415 25.9%
Median Age 46
Average Family Size 2.83
White 5,271 96.5%
African-American 51 0.9%
Asian 11 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 65 1.2%
Mixed Race 59 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 148 2.7%

Southold 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 18.1%
Italian 17.9%
German 15.9%
Polish 12.6%
English 9.8%
US/American 4.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
French (except Basque) 3.3%
Ukrainian 1.7%
Dutch 1.6%
Norwegian 1.5%
Swedish 1%
Croatian 1%
Russian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Welsh 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Brazilian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Southold 5,465 $63,032
Cutchogue 2,849 $71,611
Greenport 2,048 $36,333
New Suffolk 337 $74,688
Peconic 1,081 $60,956
Shelter Island 1,234 $55,764
Shelter Island Heights 981 $76,162
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Southold High Schools (2004)

Serves 493 students.

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