Hicksville, New York
Hicksville, New York
Buildings along Broadway
|• Total||6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)|
|• Land||6.8 sq mi (17.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||148 ft (45 m)|
|• Density||6,114/sq mi (2,360.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0952707|
Hicksville is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) within the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York, United States, on Long Island. The population of the CDP was 41,547 at the 2010 census.
Valentine Hicks, son-in-law of abolitionist and Quaker preacher Elias Hicks, and eventual president of the Long Island Rail Road, bought land in the village in 1834 and turned it into a station stop on the LIRR in 1837. The station became a depot for produce, particularly cucumbers for a Heinz Company plant. After a blight destroyed the cucumber crops, the farmers grew potatoes. It turned into a bustling New York City suburb in the building boom following World War II.
The Rubber Company of America (RUCO) built a manufacturing site in 1945. RUCO Polymer Corp. (Hooker Chemical Company) manufactured plastics, latex, and esters. Occidental Chemical Corporation (OCC) owned and operated this site from 1966 to 1982. The site was purchased by Sybron Corporation, then in 2000, the Bayer Corporation (Bayer MaterialScience) purchased the Hooker Ruco facility and in 2002 decided to close the facility. The site was used for the production of polyester from 1982 until 2002.
Hicksville is located at (40.763355, −73.523231).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.15% is water. The climate is borderline between hot-summer humid continental (Dfa) and humid subtropical (Cfa) and the local hardiness zone is 7a. Average monthly temperatures in the village centre range from 31.9° F in January to 74.7° F in July.
As of the census of 2010, there were 41,547 people, 13,412 households, and 10,588 families living in the CDP. The population density was 6,109.9 per square mile (2,360.6/km2). There were 13,761 housing units at an average density of 2,023.7/sq mi (781.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 69.3% White, 61.6% Non Hispanic White, 2.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 20.7% Asian, 4.8% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.5% of the population.
There were 13,412 households, of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 63.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.47.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $89,231, and the median income for a family was $99,980. Males had a median income of $52,112 versus $46,278 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $50,283. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
A Little India has developed in Hicksville, centered around Route 107 and Broadway. Starting around 1990, the area began attracting Indian immigrants who have established an extensive community including Indian restaurants, shops, and other businesses, as well as Hindu temples and cultural events such as parades and Diwali festivals. The Indian population was estimated to be around 5,000 in 2013.
Per the census of 2000, there were 41,261 people, 13,710 households, and 10,844 families living in the CDP. The population density was 6,057.2 per square mile (2,339.3/km2). There were 13,912 housing units at an average density of 2,042.4/sq mi (788.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.56% White, 1.36% African American, 0.11% Native American, 9.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.05% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.26% of the population.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $82,231, and the median income for a family was $94,910. Males had a median income of $52,112 versus $46,278 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $50,283. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
The presence of a major LIRR hub means that Hicksville developed as a major bedroom community of New York City.
Hicksville's North Broadway, positioned in the center of Nassau County, developed into a significant retail center. North Broadway was home to the Mid-Island Shopping Plaza (later known as Broadway Mall), a 156,000-square-foot Sears department store and auto center (which closed in 2018) and various other restaurants and retail shopping. Hicksville is also home to a number of the finest Indian restaurants on Long Island thanks to its large proportion of immigrants from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
Hicksville is a major hub on the Long Island Rail Road, where the Ronkonkoma Branch meets with the Port Jefferson Branch to form the Main Line. The area is also a hub for the following routes operated by Nassau Inter-County Express:
- n20H: Great Neck – Hicksville via Northern Blvd
- n22/n22X: Hicksville – Jamaica via Prospect Avenue/Hillside Avenue
- n24: Hicksville – Jamaica via Old Country Road/Jericho Turnpike
- n48: Hicksville – Jericho Quad via North Broadway/Jericho Turnpike
- n48: Hicksville – Hempstead via Carman Road
- n49: Hicksville – Hempstead via Newbridge Road
- n78: Hicksville – Plainview via Old Country Road
- n79: Hicksville – Huntington, New York Walt Whitman Mall and Shops via Old Country Road
- n80: Hicksville – Sunrise Mall via Hicksville Road
The area is served by the Hicksville Public Library, the Hicksville Post Office and the Hicksville School District. Hicksville School District encompasses Burns Avenue School, Dutch Lane School, East Street School, Fork Lane School, Lee Avenue School, Old Country Road School, Woodland School, Hicksville Middle School, and Hicksville High School.
Hicksville's fire protection is provided by the Hicksville Fire Department. Hicksville's police protection comes from Nassau County Police 2nd and 8th precincts, as well as the MTA Police and Nassau County Auxiliary Police.
- Lorraine Bracco, actress; best known for her roles in Goodfellas and The Sopranos
- Theresa Caputo, medium; star of Long Island Medium
- Michael Collins, retired soccer player
- Denny Dias, Steely Dan guitarist
- Larry Eisenhauer, professional football player
- Frank Gerwer, professional skateboarder
- Billy Joel, musician
- Maura Johnston, writer and academic
- Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers
- The Lemon Twigs, pop/rock band
- Dennis Michael Lynch, filmmaker
- Jackie Martling, Jackie's Joke Hunt on Howard 101 on Sirius XM Radio
- Don Murphy, producer of Transformers, Natural Born Killers
- Tim Parker, soccer player, New York Red Bulls
- Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse coach
- Al Pitrelli, Megadeth and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist
- Al Sarrantonio, science fiction author
- Gary D. Schmidt, author
- Robert Shulman, serial killer
- Rob Walker, legislator
Businesses with headquarters in Hicksville
- National Grid USA's KeySpan Energy division
- Sam Ash Music
- Sleepy's mattress retail company (until acquired by MattressFirm in 2017)
- ScholarChip school ID card company
- Hicksville: Bound Together by Railroad Ties – Newsday – Retrieved November 14, 2007
- Ron Ziel and George H. Foster, Steel Rails to the Sunrise, ©1965
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