Ronkonkoma, New York

Coordinates: 40°48′50″N 73°7′42″W / 40.81389°N 73.12833°W / 40.81389; -73.12833
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Ronkonkoma, New York
The former Petit Trianon on the southwest shore of Lake Ronkonkoma
The former Petit Trianon on the southwest shore of Lake Ronkonkoma
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Ronkonkoma is located in Long Island
Location on Long Island
Ronkonkoma is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°48′50″N 73°7′42″W / 40.81389°N 73.12833°W / 40.81389; -73.12833
Country United States
State New York
 • Total8.44 sq mi (21.86 km2)
 • Land8.11 sq mi (21.00 km2)
 • Water0.33 sq mi (0.86 km2)
112 ft (34 m)
 • Total18,955
 • Density2,337.81/sq mi (902.63/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)631, 934
FIPS code36-63473
GNIS feature ID0962854

Ronkonkoma (/rɒnˈkɒŋkəmə/ ron-KONG-kə-mə) is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, on Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 19,082 at the 2010 census.[2] The Ronkonkoma post office has the ZIP Code 11779, and serves parts of several hamlets and CDPs adjacent to Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma is also home to Long Island MacArthur Airport, which is owned and operated by the Town of Islip. The New York Air Route Traffic Control Center is located in Ronkonkoma.


The name "Ronkonkoma" comes from the nearby Lake Ronkonkoma, which in turn comes from an Algonquian expression meaning "boundary fishing-lake", also earlier written as "Raconkumake" and "Raconkamuck."[3]

Since 1988, Ronkonkoma has been the end of electrification along the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line.[4] The track between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma is known as the Ronkonkoma Branch. In 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of a new $650 million development to create a Ronkonkoma Hub near the LIRR Line, similar to the hub in neighboring Brookhaven.[5]

Ronkonkoma was the terminus of the first road in the United States designed exclusively for automobiles, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, constructed by a consortium of investors called the Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. led by William Kissam Vanderbilt II.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2), of which 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 4.07%, is covered by water.[2] The community is adjacent to Lake Ronkonkoma.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 18,955 people and 6,150 households residing in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.7% White, 4.5% African American, 7.7% Asian, 5.1% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.9% of the population.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.1% under the age of five, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $114,216, while the per capita income for the CDP was $41,792. About 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line.[8]


  • Lake Hills is north of the Long Island Expressway and south of Long Island Motor Parkway, roughly bounded by Rosevale Avenue to the east and Terry Road to the west.[9]
  • Lakeland is south of the Long Island Expressway and north of Veterans Memorial Hwy, bounded on the west by Lakeland County Park and Connetquot River State Park and on the east by Ronkonkoma Ave and Lakeland Ave.[10]


Vitamin maker The Bountiful Company is based in Ronkonkoma.[11]

Notable people[edit]

Ronkonkoma in popular culture[edit]

  • In The Oh, Hello Show, John Mulaney's character George St. Geegland wrote a book called Next Stop Ronkonkoma. The book is the story of 100 people on a train on Long Island. The book is written from 100 different perspectives, and is more than 1000 pages long.
  • In the season 7 episode of How I Met Your Mother entitled "The Drunk Train", Barney says "I was all, do I look like I'm from Ronkonkoma?"
  • Ronkonkoma is referenced in Law and Order Special Victims Unit, (Season 16xE11: "Agent Provocateur"), where a character states she lives in Ronkonkoma.
  • Ronkonkoma is referenced in two songs by singer/songwriter Mike Doughty: "Busting Up a Starbucks" and "Like a Luminous Girl."
  • Ronkonkoma was referenced by Artie Lange during the March 3, 2009, taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. The comic recounted a story of sitting in front of a fan at Yankees games who repeatedly cheered on Derek Jeter by shouting, "Do it for Ronkonkoma!" to which Lange replied "No one's doing anything for Ronkonkoma![16]"
  • Two characters in the movie 200 Cigarettes are visiting New York City from Ronkonkoma.
  • George Burns mentioned Ronkonkoma on an episode of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; coincidentally, Burns often performed in Ronkonkoma early in his career.
  • Edith Bunker mentioned Ronkonkoma in the "Archie is Jealous" episode of All in the Family.


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  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Ronkonkoma CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  3. ^ Bright, William (2007). Native American placenames of the United States. Bright University of Oklahoma Press. p. 411.
  4. ^ Cohen, Billie (Jan 31, 2008). "Long Island Rail Road From Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, N.Y". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  5. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking on First Phase of State-of-the-Art New Ronkonkoma Hub".
  6. ^ Goldstone, Lawrence (2016). Drive!. Ballantine Books. p. 269. ISBN 9780553394184.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "QuickFacts, Ronkonkoma CDP, New York". Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  9. ^ "Lake Hills Ronkonkoma".
  10. ^ "Lakeland, Ronkonkoma".
  11. ^ "The Nature's Bounty Co – Profile". Dun & Bradstreet. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Keith Detelj - Soccer -".
  13. ^ "Joe Grimaldi Hockey Stats and Profile at".
  14. ^ Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions. Ed. J. Gordon Melton Vol. 1: United States. 9th ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.
  15. ^ "About Alexis Weik". New York State Senate. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  16. ^ "Do It For Ronkonkoma". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved 15 April 2021.