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Merrick, New York - Basic Facts

The Merrick Census Designated Place had a population of 21,975 as of July 1, 2020. Merrick ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Merrick is located at latitude 40.6629 and longitude -73.5515 in Nassau County. The formal boundaries for the Merrick Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 4.02 sq. miles and a water area of 1.13 sq. miles. Nassau County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The Merrick Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389474) 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 Merrick Census Designated Place is located within Town of Hempstead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nassau County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Merrick: Meric, Merikohe, Moroke.


Merrick, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 21,975 (100%)
Population in Households 21,945 (99.9%)
Population in Families 20,210 (92.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 30 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 5,520
Diversity Index2 33


Median Household Income $160,497
Average Household Income $208,224
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $70,092
Wealth Index5 333


Total HU (Housing Units) 7,651 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,877 (89.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 520 ( 6.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 254 ( 3.3%)
Median Home Value $617,324
Average Home Value $705,286
Housing Affordability Index3 122


Total Households 7,397
Average Household Size 2.97
Family Households 6,216
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.05% -0.16%
Households -0.07% -0.18%
Families -0.13% -0.21%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.18%


Merrick, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merrick to the other 1,195 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 74 94th
Population Density # 119 90th
Median Household Income # 66 95th
Housing Affordability Index # 421 35th
Per Capita Income # 105 91st
Diversity Index # 456 62nd

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