Wheatley Heights, New York

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Wheatley Heights, New York

Introduction to Wheatley Heights, New York

Wheatley Heights, New York, in Suffolk county, is 6 miles W of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 32 miles E of New York, New York. The town contains a population of approximately 5,013.

Wheatley Heights History

Wheatley Heights, which was originally a part of the Town of Wyandanch, was named after a 1913 housing development company. It is located in Suffolk County, which was one of twelve original counties in New York. The county, organized in 1683, was named after the county of Suffolk in England.

Wheatley Heights and Nearby Attractions

  • American Air Power Museum
  • Belmont Lake State Park
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
  • Old Westbury Gardens

Things To Do In Wheatley Heights

A variety of recreational opportunities are available at the Bethpage State Park, and Belmont Lake State Park. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is also a popular destination. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historical Park, Putnam Cottage, and Sagamore Hill National Historical Site are places of historical importance located near the town of Wheatley Heights. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Hollow Hills Golf Course and Colonial Springs Golf Course.

Wheatley Heights Transportation

John F Kennedy International Airport is the closest major airport.

Wheatley Heights Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale, Hofstra University, and Suffolk County Community College - Western Campus.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Wheatley Heights Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Wheatley Heights Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wheatley Heights Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Wheatley Heights, New York

Comparing Wheatley Heights 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Age of the Population 4 2
Senior Citizens 2 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Wheatley Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11798
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.763
Longitude -73.37

Wheatley Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.4 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 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 19.6 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
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Wheatley Heights Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,013 100%
Male 2,443 48.7%
Female 2,570 51.3%
Under 18 1,517 30.3%
18+ 3,496 69.7%
65+ 397 7.9%
Median Age 34.9
Average Family Size 3.67
White 2,005 40%
African-American 2,427 48.4%
Asian 171 3.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.3%
Other 208 4.1%
Mixed Race 187 3.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 585 11.7%

Wheatley Heights 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) 48.9%
Italian 10.4%
Haitian 5.9%
Jamaican 5.5%
Irish 4.8%
US/American 3.9%
German 3.6%
West Indian 2.3%
Russian 2%
English 1.7%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 1.4%
Eastern European 1.2%
African 1.1%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Polish 0.7%
Egyptian 0.6%
Dutch West Indian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Guyanese 0.3%
Ghanian 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Belizean 0.2%
Barbadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wheatley Heights 5,013 $79,745
Deer Park 28,316 $67,128
Dix Hills 26,024 $108,081
Melville 14,533 $99,881
North Lindenhurst 11,767 $63,642
West Babylon 43,452 $67,013
Wyandanch 10,546 $41,857
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