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Centereach, New York

Centereach, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Centereach, New York is located in New York
Centereach, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Land 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 309 ft (94 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 31,578
 • Density 3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11720
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-13376
GNIS feature ID 0946206

Centereach is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 31,578 at the 2010 census.[1]


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics for the CDP 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Schools 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Centereach is located at (40.872175, -73.080701).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.7 square miles (22.6 km2), all land.[1]

New York State Route 25 (Middle Country Road) passes through the community and is the primary commercial thoroughfare.

Centereach borders East Setauket, Terryville, Selden, Farmingville, Holtsville, Holbrook, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lake Grove and Stony Brook.


The hamlet of Centereach was first called West Middle Island, but primarily became known as New Village until the early 20th century. When it was discovered that another town shared the same name in Upstate New York, the name was changed to Centereach in 1916. The name Centereach reflects the centrality of the hamlet's location on Long Island, literally meaning "center reached".[3]

Over the years Centereach has progressed from a small hamlet to a primarily suburban community. The population in 1940 was only 628, but the area had grown to nearly 20,000 residents by 1970.[3]

The two earliest suburban developments, which began in the early 1950s, were Dawn Estates and Eastwood Village.[4][5]

In 1998, the first single-point urban interchange in New York State was opened in Centereach, at Middle Country Road and Nicolls Road.[6]

In 2007, the town was commended for having the fastest and most complete snow clearing service, following the major blizzards.

Centereach, historically a working-class area, has experienced a construction boom in the past decade. As of 2009, the median home price was $335,000.[7] New construction in the Centereach area has resulted in an influx of residents with a higher median income.

Demographics for the CDP

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 27,285 people, 8,176 households, and 6,998 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,429.4 per square mile (1,323.5/km²). There were 8,329 housing units at an average density of 1,046.8/sq mi (404.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.89% White, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.08%, 4.98% African American, 0.18% Native American, 2.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races.

There were 8,176 households out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 10.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 3.49.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $86,445, and the median income for a family was $92,178 as of a 2007 estimate[9]). Males had a median income of $49,167 versus $32,007 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,197. About 3.7% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Don Heck, comic-book artist, co-creator of Iron Man (born New York City, lived in Centereach as adult)



  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Centereach CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ a b "Newsday: Centereach, Legendary Gold Solidified a Family". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ WLIW, David Overton, Brookhaven Town Historian on Centereach, October 7, 1993
  5. ^ Vivien Kellerman (January 18, 1998). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Centereach, L.I.; A Backwater Blooms in a Half Century".  
  6. ^ Nicoll's Road @
  7. ^ "CNNMoney: Centereach". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ American Fact Finder

External links

  • Centereach Civic Association
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