Massapequa, New York

Massapequa is a hamlet in Nassau County in southeastern New York state. It is characterized by a cozy suburban town feel with its close community. With the majority of the population owning their homes and beautiful parks that are perfect for family outings, the rural feel is further amplified in Massapequa. Massapequa also has everything you might need and is close to the big cities, with only 28 miles separating it from New York City, NY.

Geography Of Massapequa

Massapequa is located on the South Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York. It offers excellent access to the Oyster Bay as the Long Island beaches are close even to people living on the interior side of the hamlet. It is bordered by Amityville, Seaford, and Massapequa Park. It is also close to large cities as it is 28 miles away from New York City, NY, 30 miles from Jersey City, NJ, and 37 miles from Newark, NJ.

Climate

Summer in Massapequa lasts from June to September and is characterized by being warm and humid. Meanwhile, the winter extends from December to March and is cold, windy, and snowy. The climate is thus classified as humid subtropical, according to the Köppen Classification System. The sky in Massapequa is known to experience partial cloudiness all year round with mild seasonal variation. The clearest month of the year is November, counteracted by January as the cloudiest month. Temperature-wise, the warmest month is July with an average temperature of 75°F. The lowest monthly average temperature is 33°F and is scored in January. Finally, Massapequa experiences precipitation as both rainfall and snow.

Brief History Of Massapequa 

The Grace Church in Massapequa, NY
The Grace Church in Massapequa.

The Lenape tribe of Native Americans are believed to have originally dwelled in the region. They spoke Algonquin language and have left a print on Nassau Shores manifested as street names such as Shinnecock Avenue and Algonquin Avenue. European settlers first came to the area in the 1770s, led by Thomas Freelove Jones. He had built a mansion with his family next to what is now the Massapequa High School. The construction boom in the 1950s and 1960s, post World War II, broke the trend of the slow growth that the town had witnessed in the previous two centuries. Prior to 1940, the population was only around 3,000 people who mostly worked locally. However, the arrival of young people to the region livened Massapequa and contributed to its flourishing.

Demography And Economy Of Massapequa 

The population of Massapequa was 21,784 in the last census in 2019. It had scored a -0.352% decline from 2018. They are racially distributed into five major ethnic groups where 92.6% are White (Non-Hispanic), 4.41% White (Hispanic), 0.753% Asian, 0.367% African American, and 1.02% belonging to other races (Hispanic). The median age for the population was 43.9 years in 2019, less than 45 in 2018. Most of the population are US citizens, with 4.66% foreign-born residents but 99.2% having US citizenship.

The median household income is $132,133, which is much higher than that of the United States at $65,712. The economy of Massapequa employs 11.6k people, where the largest industry is Educational Services, followed by Health Care and Social Assistance. As for the highest paying industry, Law Enforcement Workers hold the highest paying jobs. Conversely, 3.16% of the population lives below the poverty line. 

Attractions In Massapequa 

Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve

Four hundred thirty-two acres of trees, gardens, biking and hiking trails, and a stream that offer a beautiful getaway from the suburban surrounding. Further amplified by a location at the center of Massapequa, this preserve beats like the heart of the town with color and a good atmosphere.

Tobay Beach

Tobay Beach on Jones Beach Island off the coast of Long Island, NY.
Tobay Beach on Jones Beach Island off the coast of Long Island, NY.

Long Island is known for its beautiful beaches, and this is one of the cozy ones. It is equipped with a tunnel that connects and grants access to both the ocean and the bay sides, two for one!

Big Chief Lewis Statue

The street names are not the only tribute to American Indian history in Massapequa. Big Chief Lewis was a real estate office on the corner of the street on which the statue is.

There is a lot more to see in Massapequa, especially if you love restaurants and sports. It has been described as not only a fantastic place to visit but also to live in. However, beware of calling the town its unofficial local nickname “Paqua” until you become a resident!

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