Seaford, New York

Coordinates: 40°40′7″N 73°29′33″W / 40.66861°N 73.49250°W / 40.66861; -73.49250
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Seaford, New York
A Seaford welcome sign.
A Seaford welcome sign.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Seaford, New York is located in Long Island
Seaford, New York
Seaford, New York
Location on Long Island
Seaford, New York is located in New York
Seaford, New York
Seaford, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°40′7″N 73°29′33″W / 40.66861°N 73.49250°W / 40.66861; -73.49250
Country United States
State New York
 • Total2.67 sq mi (6.90 km2)
 • Land2.61 sq mi (6.76 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total15,251
 • Density5,843.30/sq mi (2,256.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code516
FIPS code36-66058
GNIS feature ID0964724

Seaford is a census-designated place in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, on the South Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 15,251 at the 2020 census.[2]


U.S. Census map of Seaford.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), of which 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and 0.38% is water.[3]


The original settlers of Seaford were the Marsapeaques, a Native American Indian tribe. They called the area "Great Water Land."[4]

European settlement began with the arrival of Captain John Seaman, a native of Seaford, East Sussex, in England. After obtaining the patent for the area, Seaman oversaw the creation of Jerusalem South, the first European name given to the town which was to become Seaford. It was also widely referred to as Seaman's Neck.

During the 19th century, as villages across Long Island started to grow (due to the creation of the Long Island Rail Road), the town of Jerusalem South seemed to be unaffected. In 1868 the town was renamed to the current name of "Seaford", to honor Captain Seaman's hometown in England. During this time, Seaford remained an agriculturally developed area. Over time, the town gained a post office, a church, and a one-room school, established in what would many years later become the first fire house and today[as of?] serves as the home of the Seaford Historical Museum. Although the town itself was practically unchanged, many New York City residents had discovered that the area was attractive as a summer retreat.

With the creation of Sunrise Highway in 1929, Seaford started to see a large influx of inhabitants. Before 1929, Seaford had approximately 1,200 citizens. Within 25 years, this number would triple.[5]


Cash crops such as corn and wheat were some of the earliest farmed within the Seaford area. Due to easy access to various waterfronts, the attempts to fish and recover oysters were widely seen. At first, this was a hard task considering the layers of land beneath the water. In the mid-19th century, baymen from the Seaford area created a type of small, round-bottomed boat called the "Seaford skiff" that was used for fishing and market gunning (commercial waterfowl hunting).[5]

With the popularity of hunting and fishing came the development of two hotels along Merrick Road: the Sportsman's Hotel, where Verity Moving is now located along new Route 135, and the Powell Hotel at Jackson Avenue. Many celebrities came to these hotels to go duck hunting in South Oyster Bay, including New York Yankees Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, as well as brewery and longtime Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. Local guides, including Nelson Verity and Sheriff Garner Paine (one of Long Island's first black officials), would take them to the bay for sport.[citation needed]


Historical population
U.S. decennial census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 15,791 people, 5,257 households, and 4,200 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,072.9 inhabitants per square mile (2,344.8/km2). There were 5,358 housing units at an average density of 2,060.6 per square mile (795.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.8% white, .15% African American, .06% Native American, .68% Asian, .02% Pacific Islander, .54% from other races, and .59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 5,257 households, out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and older, there were 93 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $78,572, and the median income for a family was $85,751. Males had a median income of $60,092 versus $39,083 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,244. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Seaford Union Free School District is the public school district that encompasses the Seaford Harbor Elementary School (K-5), Seaford Manor Elementary School (K-5), Seaford Middle School (6-8), and Seaford High School (9–12).[8] The town of Seaford is home to two private schools, Saint William the Abbot Catholic School (Nursery-8) led by Principal Elizabeth Bricker, and Maria Regina School.

The Seaford Free Union School District contains a Board of Education and a Central Administration that oversee the entire school district and are charged with decision making. The board is headed by President Lisa Herbert, and Vice President Angela Parisi. The Central Administration deals with education matters and budgeting, led by Superintendent Dr. Adele Pecora and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Sheena Jacob, Amanda Barney, and Richard Cunningham.[9]

Seaford High School's subjects [10] include art, business, computer sciences, English, health, French, Spanish, American Sign Language, mathematics, music & choral studies, physical education & health, science, and social studies. Within most of these subjects, AP courses are available.

As of 2010, there were 3,296 students attending all public schools in Seaford, and 984 in private schools.[11]

The school has a total enrollment of 786 students and is equipped with 62 full-time teachers. The current principal of Seaford High School is Scott Bersin. Vice principals are Anthony Alison and Jessica Sventeroitis.

Within the Seaford Public School District, essential parts of the school and town's identity are its sports and extracurricular activities. The Manor and Harbor Elementary Schools do not offer school-affiliated sports, but do have some clubs and an after-school SCOPE program for students. Seaford Middle School offers many school-sponsored sports, including wrestling, volleyball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and basketball. The middle school also offers a drama program that produces a musical once a year for the community. Seaford High School offers many of the same sports as middle school, but at the varsity and junior varsity levels. The high school offers clubs such as Students Against Destructive Decisions and Gay Straight Alliance.

The Seaford Public Library[12] is located at 2234 Jackson Avenue.

Seaford Public Library[edit]

The Seaford Public Library is run by a board of trustees that oversees how the library is interacting with the community. The board is headed by President John Scaparro, and Vice President Mary Westermann. It is the goal of the Seaford Public Library to provide factual information and opportunities for cultural enrichment to the residents of the Seaford School District.[13]

The teen program at the Seaford Public Library making sugar cookies.

The library requires a membership to be able to use the library's resources. Membership is free and valid for up to three years. Members can take out books any day of the week except for Sunday. The library also has movies, documentaries, and magazines available for borrowing.

In addition, the library creates many events for both adults and children. Events for children include crafts, scavenger hunts, and book clubs. One event that takes place in the library is reading to dogs. The library is able to bring in reading/therapy dogs for the kids to read to them. Another program of the library is to rent out items to the children. The library has a Telescope Program that allows members to borrow a telescope from the library for a week and then return it. The adults have opportunities to be a part of book discussions over Zoom.  

The Seaford Public Library is an in-person experience and can be used as a resource from home. The library has an online website that can be accessed from anywhere. Many online resources include the Newsletter, event calendar, and even databases for research.  

Being a part of the Seaford Library comes with many benefits. In addition, to the books, events, and online website the library is also a terrific way to get free passes to many amazing experiences. These opportunities included passes to the Intrepid, Long Island Children’s Museum, etc.  

Cedar Creek Park[edit]

Cedar Creek Park, located on the south end of Seaford on Merrick Road, east of Wantagh Avenue, contains playgrounds, dunes and athletic fields, and offers a variety of community-based activities.[8][14]

During several months following Hurricane Sandy (October 2012), Cedar Creek Park was the site of a relief and assistance center, providing services of the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and a central location for property insurance companies to advise customers regarding the filing of claims for property damage.[15]


Seaford is home to the Long Island Broncos. Established in 1966, the Long Island Broncos is one of the oldest Youth Football and Cheer organizations on Long Island.[citation needed]

Seaford also has Police Athletic Leagues for several sports, and the local Roman Catholic parish, St. William the Abbott, offers Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) baseball, basketball, swimming, and volleyball. Maria Regina also offers a wide variety of CYO sports and the Seaford Little League offers both baseball and softball.


Seaford has a station on the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road.[8]

Nassau Inter-County Express service in Seaford is provided by the n54 (which serves the train station) and the n19 (which runs along Merrick Road, south of the station).[8]

Notable people[edit]


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  10. ^ "Seaford High School Course Handbook, 2015-2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Seaford Public Library - New Home". Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  13. ^ "Mission Statement".
  14. ^ "Cedar Creek Park". Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums.
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  17. ^ "Meet Courtney Henggeler, the other star of LI's 'Cobra Kai'". ExBulletin. January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  18. ^ "Seaford (SHS) Class of 1997 Alumni List". Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  19. ^ Howard, Jamie Valvano. "Jim Valvano 1946-1993". The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  20. ^ Sandomir, Richard (August 24, 2023). "Karol Bobko, First to Pilot the Challenger Into Space, Dies at 85". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 22, 2023.

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