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Overview

Introduction to Plainview, New York

Plainview, New York, in Nassau county, is 4 miles NE of Levittown, New York and 27 miles E of New York, New York. The town is part of the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area.

Plainview History

Plainview's origin dates back to 1695, when Robert Williams purchased land in this area. Its earliest settlers named it Manetto Hill. This was inspired by the Native American word for "God." Residents petitioned for a local post office in 1885, but they were turned down by the United States Postal Service because the name of the town was already in use. The residents then renamed the town Plainview, in reference to the "plain-view" of Hempstead Plains that was visible from the top of Manetto Hill.

Plainview and nearby Attractions

  • Bethpage State Park
  • Cantiague Park
  • West Hills County Park
  • Oyster Bay Golf Course
  • Blue Mountain
  • Hicksville Gregory Museum

Things To Do In Plainview

Plainview has several community parks, including the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, which is spread over 19 acres of land and features tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, racquetball/handball courts, a children's pool, an Olympic sized pool, basketball courts, wooded trails and a children's playground. Plainview is also home to Manetto Hills Park, which is a nature preserve.

Plainview Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Plainview Higher Education

SUNY College of Technology, Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology provide facilities for higher studies.

People

Total Population 26,199
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 12,560
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 64.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61%
Median Earnings25+ $63,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,005
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,073

Wealth

Median Family Income $143,829
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 15%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.2%
Median Gross Rent $2,000
Median House Value $492,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28%
US/American 0.4%
English 2.1%
Irish 8.2%

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

Plainview Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11803
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.776
Longitude -73.467

Plainview 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 MINEOLA
Distance 8.4 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
Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 8.9 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 NEW YORK LA GUARDIA AP
Distance 21.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethpage 16,315 $121,057
Farmingdale 8,399 $98,427
Hicksville 42,333 $108,624

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

Plainview Public Libraries

Library
Plainview-old Bethpage Public Library
999 OLD COUNTRY ROAD
Plainview, New York
(516) 938-0077

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Plainview Hospitals

PLAINVIEW HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
888 OLD COUNTRY ROAD
(516) 719-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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50 KENNEDY DR
516-937-6370
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