Riverhead (CDP), New York

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Riverhead, New York
Riverhead, New York
Riverhead, New York
Riverhead, New York is located in New York
Riverhead, New York
Riverhead, New York
Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total15.5 sq mi (40.0 km2)
 • Land15.1 sq mi (39.1 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total13,299
 • Density860/sq mi (330/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-61973
GNIS feature ID0962565

Riverhead is a census-designated place (CDP) roughly corresponding to the hamlet by the same name located in the town of Riverhead in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island. The CDP's population was 13,299 at the 2010 census.[1]

Situated at the mouth of the Peconic River which empties into Peconic Bay and at the intersection where the North and South Forks of Long Island split, Riverhead is the official county seat of Suffolk County. In the 1960s most of the county offices moved to Hauppauge in the more populated western half of the county—a move which still spurs attempts for Riverhead to lead the way for the secession of eastern Long Island towns to form Peconic County.


The hamlet began with the Suffolk County Court House, a 1727 structure built to serve both the North and South fork. Since that year, Riverhead has served as the seat of Suffolk County, and still contains the primary courts of the region.

Riverhead's downtown area formed as an active commercial hub during the 19th century. The downtown experienced urban blight during the mid-20th century, but recovered as of the beginning of the 21st century.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 2.33%, is water.

The hamlet contains the principal downtown area in the Town of Riverhead and one of the largest in Suffolk County. Outside of this downtown area are rural sections which contain both active farms and residential developments.


As of the census of 2010, there were 13,299 people. The racial make up of the CDP was 74.6% White, (55.9% Not Hispanic or Latino), 18.5% African American/Black, 23.5% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 1.4% Asian American, and 1.2% Two or More Races.[2]

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,513 people, 3,878 households, and 2,547 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 696.5 per square mile (269.0/km2). There were 4,167 housing units at an average density of 276.1/sq mi (106.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.98% white, 02.82% black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.15% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.[1]

The Suffolk Theatre, a performing arts venue in a 1933 movie house

There were 3,878 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.[1]

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, an 1881 theatrical venue

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.[1]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,330, and the median income for a family was $39,672. Males had a median income of $35,707 versus $28,021 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,746. About 9.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.[1]


Suffolk County Community College Eastern campus


The Long Island Rail Road's Main line or “Greenport Branch” provides limited service between Riverhead station and Ronkonkoma station (to the west), and Riverhead station and Greenport station (to the east). At Ronkonkoma, passengers can connect to New York City bound electric trains. It is also served by Hampton Jitney's North Fork route.[3] In addition, it is also served by the following Suffolk County Transit routes:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  3. ^ http://www.hamptonjitney.com/cgi-bin/stops.cgi?route=North+Fork

External links[edit]

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