Yaphank, New York

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Yaphank, New York

Introduction to Yaphank, New York

Yaphank, New York is 17 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 56 miles E of New York, New York. Located in Suffolk County, the population of the town is 5,025.

Yaphank History

Yaphank was originally named "Millville", due to the presence of two mills along the Carmen's River. These mills were established by John Homan in the mid 18th century. The first post office was established in 1846. The town was renamed "Yaphank" beacuse there were already several other towns with the same name in New York. Yaphank is Indian term meaning "bank of a river". The Long Island Rail Road arrived in 1843, and a railroad station was subsequently built in the area.

Yaphank and Nearby Attractions

  • Cathedral Pine County Park
  • Smith Point Park Beach
  • Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Fighters Museum
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • BNL Science Museum

Things To Do In Yaphank

Yaphank is home to the South Haven County Park. The BNL Science Museum, Long Island Maritime Museum, and Bellport - Brookhaven Historical Society Museum showcase artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, Robert Moses State Park, and Heckscher State Park are popular destinations in the area. The town is also home to several houses of worship including Saint Andrew Episcopal Church, Community Church, and Mary Church.

Yaphank Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur Airport is the nearest major airport.

Yaphank Higher Education

Colleges close by include the Saint Josephs College - Suffolk Campus, Dowling College, and Suffolk County Community College - Ammerman Campus.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Yaphank Well-Paid Single Men
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Yaphank Racial Diversity
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Yaphank People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Yaphank Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Yaphank Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Yaphank, New York

Comparing Yaphank 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 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Age of the Population 6 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Senior Citizens 4 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 7
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 6 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Working at Home 5 4
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 8 10
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2

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Yaphank Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles E of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11980
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.836
Longitude -72.917

Yaphank Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5 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 13.8 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 25.5 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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Yaphank Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,025 100%
Male 2,691 53.6%
Female 2,334 46.4%
Under 18 1,099 21.9%
18+ 3,926 78.1%
65+ 584 11.6%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.14
White 4,277 85.1%
African-American 564 11.2%
Asian 52 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 12 0.2%
Other 47 0.9%
Mixed Race 71 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 369 7.3%

Yaphank 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 22.1%
German 19.8%
Irish 17.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
Polish 4.6%
English 4.1%
Norwegian 2.2%
Russian 2.1%
US/American 1.8%
Scottish 1.6%
Greek 1.3%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Dutch 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Belizean 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Estonian 0.5%
Haitian 0.4%
European 0.4%
West Indian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
British 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Carver Park (11980)

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)
Yaphank 5,025 $72,348
Brookhaven 3,570 $80,863
Gordon Heights 3,094 $54,450
Middle Island 9,702 $58,171
North Bellport 9,007 $56,140
Ridge 13,380 $60,039
Shirley 25,395 $58,146
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