Overview

Introduction to Ridge, New York

Ridge, New York, in Suffolk county, is 19 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 57 miles E of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Nassau- Suffolk metro area, Ridge is home to some 13,380 residents.

Ridge History

Ridge's history dates back to 1693, when William "Tangier" Smith purchased a large plot on the southern shore of Long Island. The plot was called St. George’s Manor. The southern area of Ridge was once known as Longswamp. William Sydney Smith lived in the first house that was built in Longswamp and renamed the area Longwood. The northern part of Ridge was settled in by Samuel Randall. It was initially called Randalville, but later renamed Ridge to facilitate postal delivery.

Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • BNL Science Museum
  • Rocky Point
  • Wildwood State Park
  • Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum
  • Hillwood Art Museum
  • Long Island Maritime Museum

Things To Do In Ridge

There are huge expanses of rich parkland around Ridge. People have access to well maintained parks and forest preserves with nature trails that provide opportunities for hiking through scenic areas. The Wildwood State Park, which is in the neighborhood, has over 600 acres of undeveloped forestland. It includes a beach and has picnic and camping areas, trails and facilities for fishing, as well as a playground. The waterfront provides opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.

Ridge Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Ridge Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College, Saint Joseph's College and Dowling College provide programs in higher education .

Demographics

People

Total Population13,511
Male Share of the Population45.7%
Female Share of the Population54.3%
Senior Citizens28.9%
Employed Population 16+5,329
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married52.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.5%
Median Earnings25+$52,295
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,759
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,223

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,732
% Above Poverty Level92.4%
% Below Poverty Level7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,389
Median House Value$284,200

Ancestry

Italian29.6%
Irish19.8%
German19.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
Polish6.4%
English5%
French Except Basque2.8%
West Indian1.5%
Russian1.4%
Scottish1.3%
Jamaican1%
Swedish1%
Hungarian0.8%
Norwegian0.6%
African0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Turkish0.5%
Guyanese0.5%
Greek0.5%
Czech0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Canadian0.4%
US/American0.2%
Senegalese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Arab0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Maltese0.1%
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Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
CountySuffolk County
Standard Zip Codes11961
Phone Area Codes631
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.91
Approximate Longitude-72.88

Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance8.5 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
StationISLIP LI MACARTHUR AP
Distance12.5 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
StationBRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 57 F
Jul Temp66 to 82 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip44.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gordon Heights3,667$88,864
Middle Island10,216$92,556
Rocky Point12,902$115,029
Shoreham437$147,813
Wading River8,034$134,566
Yaphank6,390$110,625

Ridge Public Schools

Ridge Elementary School
105 Ridge Rd
ZIP: 11961
(631) 345-2765
Primary
Total Enrollment 788
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