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Wading River, New York - Basic Facts

The Wading River Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Suffolk County at latitude 40.9473 and longitude -72.8236. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 92 feet.

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

The U5 Census Class Code for Wading River 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 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.

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


Total Population 7,932
Population in Households 7,795
Population in Familes 6,870
Population in Group Qrtrs 137
Population Density1 809
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 2,788
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 2,115
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,147 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,536 (80.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 252 ( 8.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 359 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $457,203
Average Home Value $611,130


Median Household Income $111,216
Average Household Income $135,983
Per Capita Income $47,999
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.64% 0.47%
Households 0.62% 0.45%
Families 0.48% 0.37%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   3.82%
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 1,189 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 # 233 80th
Population Density1 # 784 34th
Diversity Index2 # 584 51st
Median Household Income # 144 88th
Per Capita Income # 198 83rd

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