Moriches, New York

Coordinates: 40°48′10″N 72°49′21″W / 40.80278°N 72.82250°W / 40.80278; -72.82250
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Moriches, New York
Moriches Inlet aerial view. Moriches pictured there-above
Moriches Inlet aerial view. Moriches pictured there-above
Long Island's Best Kept Secret
Moriches is located in Long Island
Location in state of New York
Moriches is located in New York
Moriches (New York)
Coordinates: 40°48′10″N 72°49′21″W / 40.80278°N 72.82250°W / 40.80278; -72.82250
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total2.30 sq mi (5.96 km2)
 • Land2.07 sq mi (5.37 km2)
 • Water0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total3,026
 • Density1,460.42/sq mi (563.87/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
Area code(s)631, 934
FIPS code36-48450
GNIS feature ID0970369

Moriches (/mˈrɪɪz/ moh-RITCH-iz)[2] is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Suffolk County town of Brookhaven, New York, United States. The population was 2,838 at the 2010 census.[3]


The name "Moriches" comes from Meritces, a Native American who owned land on Moriches Neck.[4]

One of the community's most notable businesses/landmarks was the Jurgielewicz Duck Farm founded in 1919 on the edge of the Forge River. At its peak, the 65-acre (26 ha) farm located on the edge of the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road claimed to be America's largest free-range duck operation, raising one million Pekin ducks per year. In 2011, it declared bankruptcy, and it closed in August of that year.[5][6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 9.99%, is water.[3]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Demographics of the CDP[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,319 people, 1,116 households, and 669 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,190.6 inhabitants per square mile (459.7/km2). There were 1,212 housing units at an average density of 622.3 per square mile (240.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.91% White, 1.25% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population.

There were 1,116 households, out of which 13.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.56.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 11.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $63,672, and the median income for a family was $74,659. Males had a median income of $51,205 versus $35,950 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $34,038. About 2.9% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


Moriches is served by the William Floyd School District.

See also[edit]


  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): Moriches CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  4. ^ The Indian Place-Names on Long Island and Islands Adjacent, with Their Probably Significations. Tooker, William Wallace. pp 144-145
  5. ^ Whittle, Patrick (August 18, 2011). "LI duck farm -- once largest in U.S. -- shuts". Newsday. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  6. ^ ""FREE RANGE DUCKLING"". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.