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Overview

Introduction to Wading River, New York

Wading River, New York is 21 miles SE of Milford, Connecticut and 61 miles E of Milford, Connecticut. The town has a population of 6,668.

Wading River History

Wading River is located in Suffolk County, on the northern shore of the Long Island. The first European settlement in the area occurred in 1671. The area had a good supply of drinking water and rich fertile soil good for yielding various crops. Wading River’s population increased dramatically after 1947, as ex-servicemen returning from World War II began building their homes in the town.

Wading River and nearby Attractions

  • Barnum Museum
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Captain's Cove Seaport

Things To Do In Wading River

Nearby museums include the Barnum Museum, the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Long Island Museum. Local parks include Heckscher State Park, Fire Island National Seashore and John A. Minetto State Park. The Heckscher State Park offers camping, fishing, hiking and biking opportunities. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens is also accessible from Wading River.

Wading River Transportation

Air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Wading River Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Suffolk County Community College, Saint Josephs College, the University of New Haven and Dowling College.

People

Total Population 7,762
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,838
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 66.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $125,046
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $1,076
Median House Value $409,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 20.9%

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

Wading River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SE of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11792
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.95
Longitude -72.843

Wading River 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 RIVERHEAD RESEARCH FARM
Distance 6.7 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
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 13.2 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 BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wildwood (11792)

Willwood (11792)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baiting Hollow 1,542 $85,547
Calverton 6,380 $74,350

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

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