Ronkonkoma, New York

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Ronkonkoma, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Ronkonkoma is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°48′50″N 73°7′42″W / 40.81389°N 73.12833°W / 40.81389; -73.12833Coordinates: 40°48′50″N 73°7′42″W / 40.81389°N 73.12833°W / 40.81389; -73.12833
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 8.1 sq mi (21.1 km2)
 • Land 7.8 sq mi (20.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,082
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (900/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11779
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-63473
GNIS feature ID 0962854

Ronkonkoma (/rɒŋˈkɒŋkəmə/ rong-KONGK-ə-mə) is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) on Long Island in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population of the CDP was 19,082 at the 2010 census.[1] The Ronkonkoma post office has the ZIP code of 11779, and serves parts of several hamlets and CDPs adjacent to Ronkonkoma.

Since 1988, Ronkonkoma has been the end of electrification along the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line.[2] The track between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma has long been referred to as the Ronkonkoma Branch.

Ronkonkoma is also home to Long Island MacArthur Airport (sometimes referred to simply as Islip Airport), airport code ISP, which is owned and operated by the Town of Islip.

The New York Air Route Traffic Control Center is located in Ronkonkoma.


Ronkonkoma is located at 40°48′50″N 73°7′42″W / 40.81389°N 73.12833°W / 40.81389; -73.12833 (40.813962, -73.128438).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2), of which 7.8 square miles (20.3 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 4.07%, is water.[1] The community is adjacent to Lake Ronkonkoma.


Vitamin maker NBTY is based in Ronkonkoma.

Notable people[edit]

Demographics of the CDP[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 20,029 people, 6,550 households, and 5,200 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,450.4 per square mile (946.5/km²). There were 6,660 housing units at an average density of 814.8/sq mi (314.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.85% White, 0.90% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.34% of the population.

There were 6,550 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $87,896, and the median income for a family was $97,441 (as of a 2007 estimate).[5] Males had a median income of $50,594 versus $35,013 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,152. About 2.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

References in popular culture[edit]

Ronkonkoma is referenced in two songs by singer/songwriter Mike Doughty, "Busting Up a Starbucks" and "Like a Luminous Girl", and in the song "5 Alive" by Self on their album Gizmodgery.

Ronkonkoma was referenced by Artie Lange during the March 3, 2009, taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. The comic recounted a story of sitting in front of a fan at Yankees games who repeatedly cheers on Derek Jeter by shouting, "Do it for Ronkonkoma!".[6]

Paul and Jamie briefly consider moving to Ronkonkoma in an episode of Mad About You. The characters Val, played by Christina Ricci, and Stephie, played by Gaby Hoffmann, in 200 Cigarettes[7] hail from Ronkonkoma.

In the second season premiere of Unforgettable, Eliot Delson threatens to relocate a detective to Ronkonkoma. In the season 7 episode of How I Met Your Mother, "The Drunk Train", Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson shouts "Do I look like I'm from Ronkonkoma!". In the season 9 premiere The Locket, Josh Radnor's character Ted Mosby mentions stopping at a butter churn in Ronkonkoma.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Ronkonkoma CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Billie (Jan 31, 2008). "Long Island Rail Road From Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, N.Y". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ U.S. Factfinder
  6. ^ "Artie Lange: Do it For Ronkonkoma". Newsday. Mar 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ "FILM REVIEW; How Was New Year's Eve? Smokin'!". The New York Times. Feb 26, 1999. Retrieved 2009-08-19. [dead link]

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