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Overview

Introduction to Sound Beach, New York

Sound Beach, New York, in Suffolk county, is 18 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center) and 55 miles E of New York, New York.

Sound Beach History

The community of Sound Beach was established in the 1920s. The New York Daily Mirror sold lots to middle income residents of New York City. Initially, large tents were erected which eventually gave way to small cottages. For almost 40 years after it was established, the community remained a summer resort. People of German, Italian, and Irish descent came here during the summer months. However, in current years, Sound Beach has developed into a year-round community. It is a part of the Town of Brookhaven.

Sound Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Long Island Museum
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Belmont Lake State Park

Things To Do In Sound Beach

The Long Island Museum, which is within 10 miles of Sound Beach, is situated upon 9 acres and features history, art, and carriage museums. The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, the Garbage Museum, and BNL Science Museum are also close by. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Eli Whitney Gun Factory, and Marshall Field III estate are sites of historic importance in the area. Fire Island National Seashore, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay, is a popular destination that includes 32 miles of beach, nature trails, and public marinas. Fishing, picnicking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Belmont Lake State Park, Sherwood Island State Park, and Heckscher State Park. Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, and Beardsley Zoological Gardens are other popular attractions in the region.

Sound Beach Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.

Sound Beach Higher Education

Colleges near Sound Beach are SUNY Stony Brook, Long Island University - Brentwood, Saint Joseph's College - Suffolk, and Dowling College.

People

Total Population 8,071
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,203
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 56.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,545
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,407
Median House Value $285,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.5%
Irish 27.5%

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

Sound Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11789
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.956
Longitude -72.968

Sound Beach 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 SETAUKET STRONG
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station RIVERHEAD RESEARCH FARM
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sound Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Scotts Beach (11789)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

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

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