Wading River, New York

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Wading River, New York

Introduction to Wading River, New York

Wading River, New York is 21 miles SE of Milford, Connecticut and 61 miles E of Milford, Connecticut. The town has a population of 6,668.

Wading River History

Wading River is located in Suffolk County, on the northern shore of the Long Island. The first European settlement in the area occurred in 1671. The area had a good supply of drinking water and rich fertile soil good for yielding various crops. Wading River’s population increased dramatically after 1947, as ex-servicemen returning from World War II began building their homes in the town.

Wading River and nearby Attractions

  • Barnum Museum
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Captain's Cove Seaport

Things To Do In Wading River

Nearby museums include the Barnum Museum, the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Long Island Museum. Local parks include Heckscher State Park, Fire Island National Seashore and John A. Minetto State Park. The Heckscher State Park offers camping, fishing, hiking and biking opportunities. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens is also accessible from Wading River.

Wading River Transportation

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

Wading River Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Suffolk County Community College, Saint Josephs College, the University of New Haven and Dowling College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wading River Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Wading River Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Wading River, New York

Comparing Wading River 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
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Age of the Population 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Racial Diversity 5 6
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
College Educated Adults 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 7
Public Transportation Use 7 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 4
Short Commute Times 2 3


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

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Wading River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SE of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11792
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.95
Longitude -72.843

Wading River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.7 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 13.2 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 21.3 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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Wading River Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,668 100%
Male 3,336 50%
Female 3,332 50%
Under 18 1,801 27%
18+ 4,867 73%
65+ 690 10.3%
Median Age 37.9
Average Family Size 3.16
White 6,341 95.1%
African-American 131 2%
Asian 65 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0%
Other 54 0.8%
Mixed Race 65 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 246 3.7%

Wading River 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 24.5%
Irish 22.7%
German 15.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
Polish 7.8%
English 3.7%
Norwegian 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
US/American 1.7%
Scottish 1.4%
Russian 1.2%
Ukrainian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Greek 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
British 0.5%
Serbian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Estonian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Alsatian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wildwood (11792)
Willwood (11792)

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)
Wading River 6,668 $73,059
Baiting Hollow 1,449 $86,455
Calverton 5,704 $44,342
Manorville 11,131 $74,894
Ridge 13,380 $60,039
Rocky Point 10,185 $60,423
Shoreham 417 $116,985
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