Central Islip, New York

Coordinates: 40°47′3″N 73°11′57″W / 40.78417°N 73.19917°W / 40.78417; -73.19917
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Central Islip, New York
The Suffolk County court buildings in Central Islip in 2009.
The Suffolk County court buildings in Central Islip in 2009.
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Central Islip is located in New York
Central Islip
Central Islip
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°47′3″N 73°11′57″W / 40.78417°N 73.19917°W / 40.78417; -73.19917
Country United States
State New York
 • Total7.16 sq mi (18.53 km2)
 • Land7.16 sq mi (18.53 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total36,714
 • Density5,131.24/sq mi (1,981.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11722, 11749, 11760
Area code(s)631, 934
FIPS code36-13552
GNIS feature ID0946246

Central Islip (Also known as CI) is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) within the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 34,450 at the 2010 census.[2]

History and overview[edit]

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the Secatogue tribe of Algonquin native-American people lived in the area now known as Central Islip.

In 1842, the Long Island Rail Road's eastward expansion reached the area, and the Suffolk County Station was opened up. The Suffolk County Station, became the commercial center for housing. With that being done the name Central Islip was thus born, and applied to a new station built in 1873 further to the east. The modern Central Islip station is in a different location from all of its predecessors.

In 1889, what became the Central Islip Psychiatric Center opened.[3] By 1955, it housed over 10,000 patients. It closed in 1996.

In the mid-1990s, Central Islip began a resurgence, with new housing developments, commercial properties, and government complexes. A new federal courthouse complex opened, claimed to be the second largest in the country. On part of the site of the former Central Islip Psychiatric Center's 788-acre (3.19 km2) campus. In 2000, the baseball stadium for Independent league team Long Island Ducks opened up.[4]

Housing developments in Central Islip include:

  • College Woods
  • Park Row
  • Bella Casa Estates
  • Islip Landing
  • Courthouse Commons
  • Waddington Estates
  • Hawthorne Court (Home Properties)
  • Coventry Village

Today, Central Isilp is a mainly Hispanic area and many of them only speak Spanish. Hispanics make up 57.7% of the total population of Central Islip, although there is also a large population of African Americans as well and only a few Non Hispanic whites live in as . Central Islip has a problem with crime and gangs such as the MS 13 and the Bloods are active in the area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km2), all land.[2][5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 34,450 people, 8,792 households, and 6,813 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,398.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,698.2/km2). There were 9,189 housing units at an average density of 1,264.9 per square mile (488.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 43.6% White, 25.0% African American (U.S. Census), 3.4% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 5.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.1% of the population. Foreign-born residents comprised 34.7% of the population.

There were 8,792 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 8.0% were persons under the age of 5, 3.5% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.56 and the average family size was 3.87.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 29.2% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,504, and the median income for a family was $57,252. Males had a median income of $35,187 versus $27,842 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,910. About 8.3% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census, there were 34,450 people, 9,365 households, and 6,928 families living in the CDP. The racial/ethnic breakdown was as follows:[8]

  • 43.6% White
  • 25.0% Black
  • 0.9% Native American
  • 3.4% Asian
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian
  • 0.4% Some other race
  • 5.9% Two or more races

In addition, 52.1% was of Hispanic origin.


The Central Islip Union Free School District operates public schools.[9]

  • Pre-K and K
    • Early Childhood Center (Alfano)
  • Grades 1-6
    • Andrew T. Morrow Elementary
    • Francis J. O'Neil Elementary
    • Marguerite Mulvey Elementary
    • Cordello Ave. Elementary
    • Mulligan Elementary
  • Grades 7-8
    • Ralph G. Reed Middle School
  • Grades 9-12
    • Central Islip Senior High School
  • Private Schools within Central Islip:[9]
    • St. John of God (Catholic)
    • Our Lady of Providence Regional School

Central Islip was home to NYIT (the New York Institute of Technology) and Touro Law Center, located next to the local New York Supreme Court building.[9]


  • Central Islip Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 143 Caleb's Path[10]
  • Central Islip Church of Christ
  • First Spanish Baptist Church, 51 Hawthorne Avenue
  • The First United Methodist Church (Dating back to 1869) on Wheeler Rd.
  • Iglesia Fuente de Agua Viva, 100 East Suffolk Ave Central Islip NY 11722
  • Iglesia Bíblica TorreFuerte (Pastores: Bayardo & Ady Delgadillo)
  • Iglesia Evangelica Resurreccion
  • Ministerio Jesu Cristo Vive, 1417 Islip Avenue
  • Lighthouse Tabernacle Church of God
  • St. John of God Roman Catholic Church (one of the oldest churches in Central Islip)
  • The Episcopal Church of The Messiah; {Episcopal Church}
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 268 Suffolk Avenue
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 105 Fig Street
  • Restoring Grace Ministries


A birds eye view of Central Islip LIRR parking area from foot over bridge.


Major roads within the hamlet of Islip are:


Islip Terrace is west of Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.


Central Islip Station is located along the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road.


There are many bus stops in Islip Terrace, along the 3C, 3D, 42, 45, and 54. Buses are operated and maintained by the local Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc.


Club Sport League Venue Logo
Long Island Ducks Baseball Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Fairfield Properties Ballpark Link to file

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Central Islip CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  3. ^ A Brief History of Central Islip Archived February 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Central Islip Public Library, Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  4. ^ "Central Islip--Community Profile". Newsday. Dec 16, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "All Zip Codes in New Cassel NY".
  9. ^ a b c "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". www.longislandindexmaps.org. Retrieved 2022-07-13.
  10. ^ "Seventh-day Adventist Church, Central Islip NY". Centralislip23.adventistchurchconnect.org. 2011-12-16. Archived from the original on 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2013-09-04.

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