Overview

Introduction to Port Jefferson, New York

Port Jefferson, New York, in Suffolk County, is 14 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 49 miles E of New York, New York.

Port Jefferson History

Once known as the Drowned Meadow because of the frequent floods that plagued the area, Port Jefferson was a major ship building community during its early years. In 1836, it was named Port Jefferson in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, who provided funds that were used to prevent flooding in the area. In the 1880s, Port Jefferson was a major whaling port. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1964.

Port Jefferson and nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Marshall Field III estate
  • Mather House Museum
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Maritime Aquarium

Things To Do In Port Jefferson

The Mather House Museum, located in Port Jefferson, showcases maritime and shipbuilding exhibits. The Long Island Museum, the Long Island Maritime Museum, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum are some of the local museums. Marshall Field III estate, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park and Eagles Nest are all nearby as well. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens, Captain's Cove Seaport, Fire Island National Seashore and Sherwood Island State Park are some of the other popular attractions in the area.

Port Jefferson Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur is the nearest major airport.

Port Jefferson Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College-Ammerman Campus, Dowling College, Sacred Heart University and Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,871
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens23.4%
Employed Population 16+3,887
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married57.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.3%
Median Earnings25+$62,471
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,417

Wealth

Median Family Income$134,648
% Above Poverty Level94.8%
% Below Poverty Level5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone26.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,794
Median House Value$501,700

Ancestry

Italian19.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.1%
Irish15.8%
German11.9%
English8.7%
Polish6.3%
Russian2.9%
French Except Basque2.6%
Welsh1.8%
Greek1.3%
Hungarian1.2%
Dutch1%
Slovak0.8%
Turkish0.8%
Arab0.7%
Lithuanian0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Romanian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Brazilian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Bulgarian0.4%
West Indian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
African0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Port Jefferson Almanac

CategoryValue
CountySuffolk County
Standard Zip Codes11777
Phone Area Codes6,31,516
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.94
Approximate Longitude-73.05

Port Jefferson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSETAUKET STRONG
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationISLIP LI MACARTHUR AP
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp23 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp66 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 64 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationPATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 64 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belle Terre681$217,250
Mount Sinai11,529$135,690
Old Field812$221,250
Poquott992$203,750
Port Jefferson Station7,808$107,487
Terryville12,340$118,248

Port Jefferson Public Libraries

Port Jefferson Free Library
100 THOMPSON STREET
Port Jefferson, New York
(631) 473-0022

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Port Jefferson Public Schools

Earl L Vandermeulen High School
350 Old Post Rd
ZIP: 11777
(631) 791-4421
High
Total Enrollment 371
Port Jefferson Elementary School
500 Scraggy Hill Rd
ZIP: 11777
(631) 791-4321
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Port Jefferson Middle School
350 Old Post Rd
ZIP: 11777
(631) 791-4431
Middle
Total Enrollment 289

Port Jefferson Private Schools

Maryhaven Center Of Hope
450 Myrtle Ave
ZIP: 11777
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 96
Our Lady Of Wisdom Regional School
114-116 Myrtle Ave
ZIP: 11777
Elementary
Total Enrollment 176
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