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Overview

Introduction to Merrick, New York

Merrick, New York, in Nassau county, is 4 miles SE of Hempstead, New York and 23 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 22,764 people lived in Merrick.

Merrick History

Merrick was originally inhabited by the Meroke Indians. In fact, it derived its name from an Indian term meaning "barren land." The area was first settled in by the English in 1643. It became a trading center during the colonial period. The construction of the South Shore Railroad in the late 1880s had a tremendous influence on the development of the area. The population of Merrick boomed after World War II.

Merrick and nearby Attractions

  • Wall Doxey State Park
  • Marshall County Historical Museum
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Suggs Water Spray Park
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Memphis Zoo and Aquarium

Things To Do In Merrick

While staying in Merrick, you can visit the Cow Meadow Preserve, Merrick Road Park, Julian Lane Park and Cammanns Point Park. You can also enjoy fishing and swimming on the East Meadow Pond. The Bethpage State Park, Hempstead Lake State Park and Eisenhower Park are also popular local spots. The Suggs Water Spray Park and Memphis Zoo and Aquarium are also ideal for a family day trip.

Merrick Transportation

JFK International is nearby.

Merrick Higher Education

Hofstra University, SUNY College at Old Westbury and the New York Institute of Technology- Old Westbury are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,808
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+10,313
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married60.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher58.4%
Median Earnings25+$71,447
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,744
Median Earnings With High School Degree$50,739

Wealth

Median Family Income$151,082
% Above Poverty Level96.1%
% Below Poverty Level3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time39 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation22.3%

Housing

People Living Alone13.9%
Median Gross Rent$2,198
Median House Value$537,200

Ancestry

Italian21.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20%
Irish15.1%
Russian9.5%
German9.4%
Polish6.5%
English2.8%
West Indian1.6%
Jamaican1.5%
Greek1.5%
Hungarian1.4%
Ukrainian1.2%
Romanian1.2%
Austrian1%
Norwegian1%
Arab0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Israeli0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Canadian0.4%
African0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Czech0.3%
US/American0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Kenyan0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Merrick Almanac

CategoryValue
County Nassau County
Standard Zip Codes11566
Phone Area Codes516
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.65
Approximate Longitude-73.55

Merrick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 37 F
Apr Temp40 to 55 F
Jul Temp67 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.9 inches
StationNEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance11.5 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp67 to 83 F
Oct Temp49 to 64 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches
StationNEW YORK AVE V BROOKLYN
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp26 to 39 F
Apr Temp45 to 60 F
Jul Temp70 to 85 F
Oct Temp50 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellmore15,722$136,741
Freeport43,217$77,073
North Bellmore19,720$128,750
North Merrick12,337$126,349
Roosevelt16,675$78,902
Wantagh18,490$146,442

Merrick Public Libraries

Merrick Library
2279 MERRICK AVENUE
Merrick, New York
(516) 377-6112

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Merrick Public Schools

Birch School
2400 Central Pkwy
ZIP: 11566
(516) 992-7250
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Camp Avenue School
1712 Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
(516) 379-3732
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Chatterton School
108 N Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
(516) 992-7270
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Merrick Avenue Middle School
1870 Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
(516) 992-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 846
Norman J Levy Lakeside School
21 Babylon Rd
ZIP: 11566
(516) 992-7231
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Old Mill Road School
1775 Old Mill Rd
ZIP: 11566
(516) 379-0945
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Sanford H Calhoun High School
1786 State St
ZIP: 11566
(516) 992-1300
High
Total Enrollment 1322

Merrick Private Schools

Grace Christian Academy
36 Smith St
ZIP: 11566
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 136
Merrick Woods
1075 Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Progressive School Of Long Island
1425 Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
South Shore Montessori School
2323 Merrick Ave
ZIP: 11566
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
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