Shirley, New York

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Shirley, New York
—  CDP  —
Motto: Long Island's Best Kept Secret
Shirley, New York is located in New York
Shirley, New York
Coordinates: 40°47′49″N 72°52′16″W / 40.79694°N 72.87111°W / 40.79694; -72.87111Coordinates: 40°47′49″N 72°52′16″W / 40.79694°N 72.87111°W / 40.79694; -72.87111
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land 11.1 sq mi (28.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 26,395
 • Density 2,283.5/sq mi (888.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11967
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-67070
GNIS feature ID 0970601

Shirley is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, Shirley population was 26,395.

It is named for developer Walter T. Shirley who had the vision in the 1950s to turn the area on Mastic Bay into an affordable enclave. Shirley's company priced its 4,000 four-room homes starting at $4,700, and lots were priced at $295.[1]

Shirley is a community in the Town of Brookhaven, on the South Shore of Long Island.

Shirley is served by the Mastic–Shirley Long Island Rail Road station (the station was a compromise when both Mastic and Shirley campaigned for it).

The 7th Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department is located in Shirley.

Most of Shirley, the southern part, is served by the William Floyd School District. The northern part is served by the Longwood Central School District.


[edit] Geography

Shirley is located at 40°47′49″N 72°52′16″W / 40.79694°N 72.87111°W / 40.79694; -72.87111 (40.796914, -72.871020)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.1 square miles (29 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (2.88%) is water.

East Yaphank is another designation for the northern extent of Shirley. It is part of the USPS ZIP code 11967. The USPS accepts the name Shirley, Smith Point and East Yaphank for this neighborhood.[3]

[edit] Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 26,395 people, 7,353 households, and 6,176 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,282.5 per square mile (881.0/km²). There were 7,774 housing units at an average density of 698.7/sq mi (269.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.69% White, 3.33% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.82% of the population.

There were 7,353 households out of which 47.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $57,294, and the median income for a family was $58,146. Males had a median income of $41,525 versus $29,701 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,870. About 5.5% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


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