Overview

Introduction to Shirley, New York

Shirley, New York, in Suffolk county, is 19 miles E of Brentwood, New York and 58 miles E of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area.

City History

Shirley is a hamlet located in the Town of Brookhaven, which was originally inhabited by the Algonquian-speaking Native Americans. Brookhaven was first settled in by English settlers in 1655 and was incorporated in 1686. Shirley was named after its developer, Walter T. Shirley.

Shirley and nearby Attractions

  • Animal Farm Petting Zoo
  • Smith Point Park Beach
  • BNL Science Museum
  • Country Fair Entertainment Park
  • Splish Splash Water Park
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Things To Do In Shirley

Shirley is home to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Family daytrips can be enjoyed at the Smith Point County Park, Fire Island National Seashore and the Wildwood State Park. You can also visit the Bellport - Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, Animal Farm Petting Zoo, Wildlife and Ecology Center at Holtsville and the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium from Shirley. The Splish Splash Water Park is also close by.

Shirley Transportation

Air transportation is available from Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Shirley Higher Education

Saint Joseph's College- Suffolk Campus and Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus are the nearby institutes of higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,186
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens10.8%
Employed Population 16+12,772
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married48%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.2%
Median Earnings25+$41,338
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,523
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,517
% Above Poverty Level88.9%
% Below Poverty Level11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone13.9%
Median Gross Rent$2,032
Median House Value$253,200

Ancestry

Italian33%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.9%
Irish15.6%
German14.9%
Polish4.1%
English2.8%
French Except Basque2.2%
Guyanese1.9%
West Indian1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Turkish0.8%
Greek0.8%
Russian0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Czech0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
US/American0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Cypriot0.2%
British0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Arab0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
African0.1%
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Shirley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Suffolk County
Standard Zip Codes11967
Phone Area Codes631
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.79
Approximate Longitude-72.87

Shirley 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
Distance6.9 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
StationRIVERHEAD RESEARCH FARM
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp47 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.8 inches
StationBRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance28.8 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
Mastic15,574$79,829
Mastic Beach14,850$67,246
Moriches3,092$62,768
North Bellport11,561$69,412
Yaphank6,308$109,868

Shirley Public Libraries

Mastics-moriches-shirley Community Lib
407 WILLIAM FLOYD PARKWAY
Shirley, New York
(631) 399-1511

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Shirley Public Schools

John S Hobart Elementary School
230 Van Buren St
ZIP: 11967
(631) 874-1295
Primary
Total Enrollment 795
Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School
6 Francis Landau Pl
ZIP: 11967
(631) 874-1301
Primary
Total Enrollment 744
William Floyd Elementary School
111 Lexington Rd
ZIP: 11967
(631) 874-1258
Primary
Total Enrollment 755
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