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Overview

Introduction to Ronkonkoma, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York, in Suffolk county, is 7 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 45 miles E of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area.

Ronkonkoma History

Ronkonkoma is a census designated hamlet located in the Town of Islip, which was first settled in by Europeans in the 1680s. Islip gained the status of a town in 1790 and presently includes around 4 incorporated villages and more than 20 unincorporated hamlets. The area was originally inhabited by the Algonquin Indians. The name of the hamlet can be translated to the 'resting place of the wild geese,' 'fishing place,' and 'white sand.'

Ronkonkoma and nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Park
  • Hallock Fitz-Greene Homestead Museum
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
  • Wildwood State Park
  • Fire Island National Seashore

Things To Do In Ronkonkoma

Ronkonkoma offers facilities for a number of recreational activities. Cedar Grove Beach, Belmont Lake State Park, Heckscher State Park, Caumsett State Park and Robert Moses State Park are all popular local tourist spots. The Caumsett State Historic Park, Marshall Field III estate and the Long Island Maritime Museum are great places to learn more about the history of the area. You can also enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma Transportation

Ronkonkoma offers easy access to the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Ronkonkoma Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued from the Dover Technical School, Dowling College, Suffolk County Community College - Western Campus and Sacred Heart University.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,846
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens12.7%
Employed Population 16+9,617
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married52.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.2%
Median Earnings25+$51,149
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,166

Wealth

Median Family Income$98,512
% Above Poverty Level94.5%
% Below Poverty Level5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation5.9%

Housing

People Living Alone17.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,561
Median House Value$335,400

Ancestry

Italian32.3%
Irish26.5%
German19.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.9%
Polish6.3%
English3.2%
West Indian1.8%
French Except Basque1.4%
Norwegian1.4%
Russian1.3%
Hungarian1.3%
Greek1.2%
Turkish1%
Jamaican0.9%
Portuguese0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Austrian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Haitian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Australian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
British0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Ronkonkoma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Suffolk County
Standard Zip Codes11779, 11749
Phone Area Codes516,631
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.8
Approximate Longitude-73.12

Ronkonkoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationISLIP LI MACARTHUR AP
Distance1.3 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
Distance6 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
StationWANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance23.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bohemia9,372$103,017
Centereach32,157$109,332
Holbrook26,435$112,620
Islandia3,349$91,458
Lake Grove11,206$112,128
Lake Ronkonkoma19,882$107,879

Ronkonkoma Public Schools

Cherokee Street Elementary School
130 Cherokee St
ZIP: 11779
(631) 467-6027
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Edith L Slocum Elementary School
2460 Sycamore Ave
ZIP: 11779
(631) 467-6040
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Helen B Duffield Elementary School
600 1st St
ZIP: 11779
(631) 467-6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Ronkonkoma Middle School
501 Peconic St
ZIP: 11779
(631) 467-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 762

Ronkonkoma Private Schools

Kids Place Early Childhood Day School
55 Trade Zone Dr
ZIP: 11779
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Joseph School
25 Church St
ZIP: 11779
Elementary
Total Enrollment 183
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