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Center Moriches, New York

Coordinates: 40°47′52″N 72°47′50″W / 40.79778°N 72.79722°W / 40.79778; -72.79722
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Center Moriches, New York
Eastbound Main Street in Downtown Center Moriches; November 2019.
Eastbound Main Street in Downtown Center Moriches; November 2019.
U.S. Census Bureau map
U.S. Census Bureau map
Center Moriches is located in New York
Center Moriches
Center Moriches
Location in state of New York
Center Moriches is located in the United States
Center Moriches
Center Moriches
Center Moriches (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°47′52″N 72°47′50″W / 40.79778°N 72.79722°W / 40.79778; -72.79722
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total6.04 sq mi (15.65 km2)
 • Land5.26 sq mi (13.63 km2)
 • Water0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
26 ft (8 m)
 • Total8,046
 • Density1,528.79/sq mi (590.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
Area code(s)631, 934
FIPS code36-13420
GNIS feature ID0969982

Center Moriches (/mˈrɪɪz/ moh-RITCH-iz)[2] is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 7,580 at the 2010 census.[3] Center Moriches is in the town of Brookhaven. It is the location of the historic Masury Estate Ballroom and Terry-Ketcham Inn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

The name Moriches comes from Meritces, a Native American who owned land on Moriches Neck.[5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.5 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 7.36%, is water.[3]

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]



As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 6,655 people, 2,319 households, and 1,776 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,327.2 inhabitants per square mile (512.4/km2). There were 2,465 housing units at an average density of 491.6 per square mile (189.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.02% White, 5.24% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 1.29% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.61% of the population.

There were 2,319 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

For 2016, the median income for a household in the CDP was $95,932. The per capita income for the CDP was $38,431. About 4.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.



The hamlet has four schools: Clayton Huey Elementary School, Center Moriches Middle School, and Center Moriches High School. The middle school and high school are part of the same building. There is also a private catholic school, Our Lady Queen of Apostles regional catholic school, which is located behind St. John the Evangelist Church.



Radio station WJVC at 96.1 FM is licensed to serve Center Moriches.

Center Moriches features in the episode “On a Country Road” of the 1950s CBS Radio drama Suspense, starring Cary Grant.

Notable people



  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American placenames of the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma. p. 298. ISBN 0806135980. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Center Moriches CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ The Indian Place-Names on Long Island and Islands Adjacent, with Their Probably Significations. Tooker, William Wallace. pp 144-145 [1]
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ a b Chamoff, Lisa (October 31, 2018). "Ferdinand and Imelda Marco's former LI home sells for $2.8M". Newsday. Retrieved August 16, 2021.