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Melville, New York - Basic Facts

The Melville Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Suffolk County at latitude 40.7829 and longitude -73.4071. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 135 feet.

The formal official name is the Melville Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Melville, New York.

The U5 Census Class Code for Melville indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Melville Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Melville: Sun-quams, Sweet Hollow.

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Melville, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 18,970
Population in Households 18,478
Population in Familes 16,183
Population in Group Qrtrs 492
Population Density1 1,570
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 6,945
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 5,181
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,249 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,896 (81.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,049 (14.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 304 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $492,250
Average Home Value $565,718


Median Household Income $129,285
Average Household Income $165,583
Per Capita Income $60,924
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.02% 0.07%
Households 0.13% 0.1%
Families 0.0% 0.02%
Median Household Income   4.12%
Per Capita Income   4.76%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Melville, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Melville to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 94 92nd
Population Density1 # 525 56th
Diversity Index2 # 357 70th
Median Household Income # 101 92nd
Per Capita Income # 105 91st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.