Syosset, New York

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Syosset, New York

Introduction to Syosset, New York

Syosset, New York, in Nassau county, is 7 miles N of Levittown, New York and 25 miles E of New York, New York. The town is part of the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan statistical area. About 18,544 people live in Syosset.

Syosset History

Syosset is a census designated hamlet located in the Town of Oyster Bay. Syosset derived its name from an Indian term meaning "place in the pines." The first railroad entered the area around 1854. This enabled many wealthy residents from New York City to build estates in the hamlet. Until World War II, Syosset was primarily a farming community.

Syosset and nearby Attractions

  • Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Adventureland Amusement Park
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Things To Do In Syosset

During your stay in Syosset, you can spend your leisure hours at the Bethpage State Park, Eisenhower Park, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park or the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Nassau County Museum of Art, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum are also popular local spots. Golfers can enjoy the facilities offered by the Cantiague Park Golf Course.

Syosset Transportation

Air transportation is available from Republic Airport.

Syosset Higher Education

New Center College for Wholistic Health Education and Research lies within Syosset. SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale and Hofstra University are also nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Syosset Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Syosset Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Syosset People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Syosset College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Syosset Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Syosset Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Syosset Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Syosset, New York

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 9
People Above Poverty 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


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

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Syosset Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11791
Company Zip Codes 11773
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.826
Longitude -73.502

Syosset Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 67 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
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Syosset Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,544 100%
Male 9,093 49%
Female 9,451 51%
Under 18 4,821 26%
18+ 13,723 74%
65+ 2,781 15%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 3.21
White 15,810 85.3%
African-American 93 0.5%
Asian 2,347 12.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0%
Other 104 0.6%
Mixed Race 181 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 542 2.9%

Syosset 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.4%
Italian 20.3%
Irish 10.1%
German 7.5%
Polish 6.6%
Russian 5.9%
US/American 5.5%
English 3%
Greek 2.6%
Eastern European 1.6%
Austrian 1.3%
European 1.2%
Hungarian 0.8%
Romanian 0.7%
Croatian 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Egyptian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Maltese 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Syosset 18,544 $99,704
East Norwich 2,675 $101,901
Jericho 13,045 $109,635
Laurel Hollow 1,930 $200,001
Muttontown 3,412 $190,358
Oyster Bay Cove 2,262 $200,001
Woodbury 9,010 $139,409

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