Wantagh, New York

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Wantagh, New York

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Wantagh Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Wantagh Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Wantagh People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Wantagh Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Wantagh College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Wantagh, New York

Comparing Wantagh 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Age of the Population 7 6
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 5 4
Racial Diversity 5 6
Female Share of the Population 4 4


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
Housing Recently Built 2 6
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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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Wantagh Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,971 100%
Male 9,243 48.7%
Female 9,728 51.3%
Under 18 5,173 27.3%
18+ 13,798 72.7%
65+ 2,520 13.3%
Median Age 38.5
Average Family Size 3.37
White 18,354 96.7%
African-American 37 0.2%
Asian 359 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0%
Other 65 0.3%
Mixed Race 149 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 619 3.3%

Wantagh 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 29.2%
Irish 22.7%
German 13.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.8%
US/American 4.5%
Polish 4.3%
Russian 3.9%
English 2.8%
Greek 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Eastern European 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
European 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wantagh 18,971 $91,019
Bellmore 16,441 $83,236
Massapequa 22,652 $88,571
North Bellmore 20,079 $80,067
North Merrick 11,844 $85,190
North Wantagh 12,156 $76,345
Seaford 15,791 $85,751

Wantagh Public Libraries

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

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