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Overview

Introduction to Long Beach, New York

Long Beach, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles S of Hempstead, New York and 19 miles SE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area with.

Long Beach History

Long Beach was originally inhabited by Rockaway Indians. It was first settled in by Europeans in 1643, when baymen and farmers who used the land for fishing and harvesting arrived. A lifesaving station was established in the city in 1849. A builder from Brooklyn, Austin Corbin, tried to develop the island as a resort. He also formed a partnership with the Long Island Railroad in 1880 and financed the New York and Long Beach Railroad Co. to lay track from Lynbrook to Long Beach. Long Beach was incorporated as a village in 1918. It became a city in 1922.

Long Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Rock Hall Museum
  • New York Aquarium
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • Queens Zoo

Things To Do In Long Beach

While staying in Long Beach, you can spend your leisure hours at Beach Park. You can also visit Jones Beach State Park, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and Riverbank State Park. The Long Island Children's Museum, Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, African American Museum, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island and the Rock Hall Museum are all popular spots as well. The city is also close to the Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. The City of Long Beach organizes several recreational events and annual festivals as well, such as the Colors of Long Beach and the Family Festival by the Sea.

Long Beach Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Long Beach Higher Education

Rabbinical College of Long Island lies within the city. Nassau Community College, Hofstra University and Adelphi University are also close by.

People

Total Population 33,470
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 18,221
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.9%
Median Earnings25+ $52,452
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,446
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,539

Wealth

Median Family Income $101,847
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation 19%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,637
Median House Value $459,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.6%
Irish 23.1%

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

Long Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles SE of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11561
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.588
Longitude -73.658

Long Beach 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 NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance 6.5 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 WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 9.3 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 SANDY HOOK
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barnum Island 2,226 $99,688
Harbor Isle 1,529 $99,792
Hewlett Harbor 1,229 $224,375
Hewlett Neck 352 $207,222
Island Park 4,694 $80,478

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

Long Beach Public Libraries

Library
Long Beach Public Library
111 WEST PARK AVENUE
Long Beach, New York
(516) 432-7201

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Long Beach Hospitals

LONG BEACH MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
455 EAST BAY DRIVE
(516) 897-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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