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 7,994 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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Wading River, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 7,994
Population in Households 7,862
Population in Familes 6,954
Population in Group Qrtrs 132
Population Density2 817
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $114,041
Average Household Income $138,896
Per Capita Income $48,930


Total Housing Units 3,144 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,541 (80.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 245 ( 7.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 358 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $455,934
Average Home Value $497,196


Total Households 2,786
Average Household Size 2.82
Family Households 2,107
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.43% 0.32%
Households 0.31% 0.25%
Families 0.2% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 2018 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 # 234 81st
Population Density # 773 35th
Diversity Index # 579 52nd
Median Household Income # 164 86th
Per Capita Income # 238 80th

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