Wading River, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wading River, New York - Basic Facts

The Wading River Census Designated Place had a population of 8,004 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Wading River is located at latitude 40.9473 and longitude -72.8236 in Suffolk County. The formal boundaries for the Wading River Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 92 feet.

The Wading River Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2390442) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Wading River Census Designated Place is located within Town of Riverhead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Suffolk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wading River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Wading River, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 8,004
Population in Households 7,869
Population in Familes 6,941
Population in Group Qrtrs 135
Population Density1 818
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 2,809
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 2,129
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,161 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,550 (80.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 259 ( 8.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 352 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $426,774
Average Home Value $464,108


Median Household Income $110,230
Average Household Income $129,343
Per Capita Income $45,927
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.58% 0.48%
Households 0.54% 0.45%
Families 0.44% 0.38%
Median Household Income   0.82%
Per Capita Income   1.3%
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.

Wading River, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wading River to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 232 81st
Population Density1 # 774 35th
Diversity Index2 # 591 51st
Median Household Income # 141 88th
Per Capita Income # 219 82nd

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