Introduction to Great Neck, New York

Great Neck, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles S of New Rochelle, New York (center to center) and 13 miles E of New York, New York.

Great Neck History

The area was originally inhabited by the Mattinecock Native Americans. Settlers arrived in the late 1600s, when the community was known as "Madnan's Neck". Later it was divided in two to form "Little Neck" and "Great Neck" and it was primarily a farming community. In the late 19th century, the New York and Flushing Railroad's railhead was established in Great Neck, which turned it into a commuter town. The village saw an influx of Ashkenazi Jews following the end of World War II. In the 1980s, a number of affluent Iranian Jews arrived in Great Neck, and Orthodox Jews arrived in the late 20th century. The village also has numerous Chinese and Korean immigrants. The village, which is now situated in the town of North Hempstead, also formed a backdrop to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby".

Great Neck and Nearby Attractions

  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
  • African American Museum
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Things To Do In Great Neck

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, which includes the church built in 1665 and 9,000 graves dating back to the 1700s, is a place of historic interest near Great Neck. The village also offers easy access to a number of museums such as the African American Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, the Science Museum of Long Island, and the Long Island Children's Museum. Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a popular destination in the area where visitors can see the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and downtown Manhattan. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and fishing can be enjoyed at the Hempstead Lake State Park, Bronx Park, Tibbetts Brook Park, and Valley Stream State Park.

Great Neck Transportation

John F Kennedy International Airport is the closest major airport.

Great Neck Higher Education

Colleges near Great Neck are CUNY - Queens College, SUNY Maritime College, and CUNY Queensborough Community College.


Total Population 10,095
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,212
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 60.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55%
Median Earnings25+ $47,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,189
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,218


Median Family Income $103,000
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 23.9%


People Living Alone 22.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,843
Median House Value $692,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.2%
US/American 0%
English 1.1%
Irish 4.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Great Neck Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of New Rochelle, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11020, 11021, 11023, 11024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 11022, 11026, 11027
Company Zip Codes 11025
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.8
Longitude -73.728

Great Neck Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Distance 11.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Allenwood (11021)

Kenilworth (11024)

Lake Gardens (11022)

Usmma (11024)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Great Neck Estates 2,809 $208,472
Harbor Hills 545 $177,000
Kensington 1,113 $217,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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