Are you considering moving to Suffolk County, New York? The fourth most populous county in New York, with more than 1.5 million residents, Suffolk County incorporates the easternmost extreme of the New York City metropolitan area. The East End of the county splits into two peninsulas, known as the North Fork and the South Fork, the latter where the famous Hamptons towns are located. Suffolk County is also home to major scientific research facilities, including Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton and Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island. Learn more about life in Suffolk County, New York, including local schools, weather and things to do and see.

Year Founded: 1683

Population as of 2015: 1,501,587

Land Area (sq. miles): 912

Median Age: 36

Median Household Income: $84,767

Median Home Price: $344,500

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 61° F
  • Low Temperature: 45° F
  • Rainfall: 47 inches
  • Snowfall: 29 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Retail and healthcare have seen positive growth while large manufacturing and big banks have seen a decline in employment opportunities in Suffolk County. New York State has created several university-business partnerships in Suffolk County, including in Melville, Brookhaven, and Stony Brook.

Major Employers: Stop & Shop, Home Depot, CVS, Long Island Rail Road and Walmart.


Nearest Major City: From Ronkonkoma, approximately 50 miles to New York City

Local Radio Stations:

  • Z100 (100.3 FM)
  • WBLI (106.1 FM)
  • WWSK (94.3 FM)
  • WPLJ (95.5 FM)
  • WALK (97.5 FM)
  • WBAB (102.3)

Public Transit: Suffolk County Transit (Bus Line), Long Island Rail Road, Hampton Jitney and Hampton Luxury Liner connect Suffolk County to New York City.

27 County Parks and Other Recreation:

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • Long Island’s North Fork in Suffolk County is home to dozens of wineries, including Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill, Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead, Pindar Vineyards in Peconic, and Jamesport Vineyards in Jamesport.
  • Adventureland Amusement park, located in Farmingdale, features more than 30 rides and games for kids of all ages.
  • The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead offers great activities for the whole family, including family sleepovers, shark feeding, a butterfly and bird garden, shark dive, penguin encounter, sea lion selfies and more.
  • Splish Splash in Calverton, NY, is a 96-acre water park with three pools, 20 water slides, cabanas and kiddie area.
  • The Fire Island Lighthouse is a landmark on the Great South Bay Shore you can visit and tour. It is protected by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.
  • The Heckscher Museum of Art, located in Huntington, opened in 1920 and currently focuses on education and public programs, collections, and exhibitions. Its collection spans 500 years of Western art with particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. It also hosts special programs, such as the Plein Air Painting Workshop, Poetry for Thought Workshop, Adult Coloring Night and more.
  • The Bethpage Ballpark is the 6,002-seat home of the Long Island Ducks, an independent minor league baseball team.

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