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Overview

Introduction to Wantagh, New York

Wantagh, New York, in Nassau county, is 2 miles S of Levittown, New York and 24 miles E of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. Wantagh has a population of 18,971.

Wantagh History

The region was originally inhabited by the Algonquin Native Americans of the Merokee tribe. European settlers arrived in the area for the first time in the 17th century. The Jackson and Seaman families are credited to be the first European settlers in the region. The town was initially named "Jerusalem." This name was changed to "Ridgewood" in the 1880s. It was later christened "Wantagh" in honor of the Merokee chief who lived in the area in 1647. Initially a farming community, Wantagh gradually developed into a tourist spot and then a suburban town following the construction of the Long Island Railroad in the 1880s, the establishment Jones Beach and the Sunrise Highway in the early 20th Century and the housing development in the mid-20th century.

Wantagh and nearby Attractions

  • Twin Lakes Preserve
  • Forest City Community Park
  • Wantagh Museum of the Wantagh Preservation Society
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
  • Tackapausha Museum and Preserve
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Things To Do In Wantagh

The Wantagh Museum of the Wantagh Preservation Society houses the original Long Island Railroad Stationhouse of Wantagh, the original Wantagh Post Office building and a 1912 LIRR car known as Jamaica. The Roslyn Grist Mill, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, the Amityville Historical Society-Lauder Museum, the Hofstra Museum and the Cradle of Aviation Museum are also close by. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Merrick Road Park Golf Club. Jones Beach State Park features over 6 miles of white sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The beach has a 2-mile long boardwalk, picnic areas, concession facilities, a pitch and putt golf course and opportunities for surfing. The Mill Pond Park has a paved trail for joggers. Other popular local attractions include the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Wantagh Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Wantagh Higher Education

Hofstra University, Nassau Community College and SUNY Farmingdale are some of the local colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 19,074
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,352
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 60.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.8%
Median Earnings25+ $65,264
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $51,058
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,455

Wealth

Median Family Income $141,348
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 13.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,842
Median House Value $463,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.7%
Irish 29.5%

Wantagh Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11793
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.683
Longitude -73.51

Wantagh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 2.4 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
Station NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance 13.9 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
Station NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Briar Park (11793)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellmore 16,260 $130,381
Massapequa 22,323 $137,265
North Bellmore 20,483 $113,384
North Merrick 11,772 $121,055
North Wantagh 11,773 $117,446

Wantagh Public Libraries

Library
Wantagh Public Library
3285 PARK AVENUE
Wantagh, New York
(516) 221-1200

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