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Great Neck

  •   State: 
    New York
    Nassau County
    Great Neck
      County FIPS: 
    40°47′14″N 73°43′38″W
      Area total: 
    1.4 sq mi (3.5 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.4 sq mi (3.5 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.0 sq mi (0.0 km²)
    69 ft (21 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Great Neck, Nassau County, New York, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    7,062.3 residents per square mile of area (2,726.8/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Great Neck is a region on Long Island, New York, that covers a peninsula on the North Shore. The incorporated village of Great Neck had a population of 9,989 at the 2010 census. The larger Great Neck area comprises a residential community of some 40,000 people in nine villages and hamlets in the town of North Hempstead, of which Great Neck is the northwestern quadrant. Great Neck has five ZIP Codes (1102-011024), which are united by a park district, one library district, and one school district. The hamlets are census-designated places that consolidate various unincorporated areas. The name "Madnan's Neck" is named after Anne (or Nan) Hutchinson, who is said to have tried to take over what is considered present-day Kings Point upon her arrival to the peninsula. It is speculated that they chose this name because of the large amount of fish in the area. With the arrival of the European settlers on the peninsula in the 1640s, Menhaden-Ock evolved into Madnan’s Neck. The Mattinecock or Metoac used Long Island Sound as a way to both fish and trade with others. On November 18, 1659, the settlers passed a law that forced the natives to pay damages for white property that they had damaged. Tackapousha eventually died, and his body still rests at the Lakeville AME Zion Church's cemetery on Community Drive, across the street from North Shore University Hospital. The Manhasset neighborhood (in ZIP Code 11030) is not considered part of Greatneck.


Great Neck is the primary city name, but also Great Nck Plz, Great Neck Plaza are acceptable city names or spellings, Allenwood, Great Neck Estates, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock Estates, Thomaston on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. Before the Dutch and English settlers arrived on the peninsula of Great Neck in the 17th century, the Mattinecock Native Americans originally inhabited the shorelines of the peninsula. It was not until 1681 when the European settlers held the first town meeting. Local legend has it that the name "Madnan's Neck" is named after Anne (or Nan) Hutchinson. It is said that Anne Hutchinson tried to take over what is considered present-day Kings Point upon her arrival to the peninsula but could not procure a land grant or deed for the land that she desired. The first reported instance of sexual misconduct in the peninsula's history was recorded on October 3, 1659. Henry Linnington was ultimately allowed to stay on the condition that he reformed his behavior and stayed within the boundaries of the town. The name Great Neck was given to the area by the Dutch in 1681. The Dutch controlled Long Island from 1642 to 1664 and gave the people the right to religious self-determination. The new community's political independence was so great that only town officials who were in any way elected by theDutch government or its magistrates, first nominated by a town meeting, were elected by town meetings. A magistrates' code of ethics was also published by the local government, which included punishments for poor conduct, including corporal punishment, and fines for those who were found guilty of poor conduct. The current name of the area is derived from the name Menhaden-Ock, which is believed to have been chosen because of the large amount of fish in the area.

List of communities

Great Neck consists of 9 incorporated villages and 6 unincorporated hamlets.The westernmost portion of the Hamlet of Manhasset lies between the villages of Thomaston and Lake Success and has Great Neck postal codes (1102x). Great Neck is located in the New York City borough of N.Y. and the town has a population of 1.2 million people (as of 2010) The town's postal code is 1102x. Great Neck's population is 1.3 million (2010) and its population is 2.4 million (2011). The town is home to the Long Island Rail Road, New York State's busiest train station, and the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects New York and New Jersey. The town has also been known as the "Motor City of the East Coast" because of its rapid development in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is located on the East River, which flows into the Hudson River. The city's name is derived from the word "northeast" which means "north" or "eastern" and "neighbourhood" The town also has the name "Northeastern" which refers to a region of the U.S. that was once known as "New England" The name "Great Neck" means "the Neck" and refers to the area of New York where it was once part of the United States. It also means "New York City" because the town was once a part of New England. It has a number of communities, including the towns of Montrose and Mount Pleasant.


Great Neck is a 25- to 35-minute commute from Manhattan's Penn Station on the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. Many LIRR trains terminate at the station to serve the large number of riders. Nassau Inter-County Express connects the villages to the train station and offers service to several destinations in Nassau County and Queens from the station. The southern part of the Great Neck area can also directly access the Q46 New York City Bus on Union Turnpike at the border with Glen Oaks and the Q12 bus on Northern Boulevard at theborder with Little Neck. The Great Neck station is one of the most frequently served in the entire system; as a result, many LIRr trains terminate there. The station is located on Long Island's Port Washington branch, which runs from Long Island to New Jersey and New Jersey. It is also on the Nassau-Nassau County line, which connects to Queens and Long Island via the Queens-Nasau County Line and Queens-Port Washington Branch. It was built in the 1880s and is the first station on the LIRRs' Port Washington line. It has been the site of several major rail accidents, including the derailment of two trains in the 1980s and the collapse of a third train in the 1990s. The train station was originally built to handle the growing population of Great Neck, but has since been expanded to accommodate the growing number of residents. It also serves as a hub for Nassau and Queens inter-county Express.

Emergency services

Great Neck is served by three all-volunteer fire departments. The Village of Great Neck is protected by the Nassau County Police Department's Sixth Precinct. Great Neck Estates, Kings Point, Kensington and Lake Success have their own police departments, which are reinforced by the NCPD during any criminal activity, event, or other incident that falls outside the realm of "routine" The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department operates two ambulances out of Co. 3's firehouse. It also provides EMS service to the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company and the M-LFD Ambulance Bureau, which operate two ambulance units. The village of Thomaston is also served by two fire companies, one in Thomaston and the other in Lake Success, both of which offer fire and rescue services. The Great Neck Alert Fire Company was founded in 1901, and the Vigilant fire company was formed in 1904. It provides fire and heavy rescue response for the northern part of the peninsula and emergency ambulance services for the middle portion. The Vigilant company also provides emergency ambulance service to both its own territory and Alert's. The Nassau county Police Emergency Ambulances Bureau provides EMS services to the Manh Hasset- lakeville fire district. It operates two ambulance units out of the Co. 4 firehouse, one for the village of Lake Success and one for Thomaston. It is the only ambulance company in Great Neck that operates out of its own fire house.

Parks and recreation

The Parkwood Pool and skating rink complex is run by the Great Neck Park District. During the summer it is a part of a day camp program for young campers. The pools are used for swimming and ice-skating as well as for tennis and other sports. The pool is also used to teach swimming lessons to the children of the day camp. The swimming pool is not open to the public during the summer months. It is open during the winter months to the residents of Great Neck and the surrounding areas. It was built in the 1960s to provide swimming and other facilities for the area's residents. It also provides a swimming pool for the summer when it is not used for the purpose of tennis or other sport activities. It has been in operation since the 1970s, and is still in operation today. It's run by a group of volunteers called the Parkwood Board of Trustees, which also runs the skating rink and the tennis courts. The park's other facilities are run by different groups, such as the Harbor Hills and Great Neck Estates groups, which run their own swimming and skating facilities. The Great Neck area is home to the New York City Marathon, which takes place every year in the summer. The city also has a number of other sports and activities, including baseball, hockey, and golf, that take place in the area. The New York State Department of Health and Human Services runs the park's parks and recreation department, which is responsible for running the facilities.


At one time Servisair had its Americas offices in Great Neck. Great Neck is also one of the most affluent towns in the country. The town is home to one of New York's most successful sports teams, the New York Knicks. The team won the Super Bowl in 2004 and the World Series in 2008. It also won the White House in 2008 and the 2008 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. It was also home to the 2008 Winter Olympics, which was won by the U.S. women's basketball team, the Staten Island Nets. The New York City Marathon was held in the town in 2009 and 2010. The city also won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. It has also won two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in Beijing and in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Culture and tourism

Great Neck serves primarily as a "bedroom" community for New York City. As such, it contains few "touristy" attractions. Notable exceptions include: Saddle Rock Grist Mill, a historical grain-mill powered by tides; known to have been in operation as early as the 18th century. F. Scott Fitzgerald's House, which was loosely referred to in his novel, The Great Gatsby, is located in Great Neck Plaza. Several summer nights in the downtown area, the streets are closed off and local restaurants bring all of their seating outdoors for a festival evening of dining, live music, and entertainment. "West Egg" referred to King's Point, a prosperous neighborhood in the North of Great Neck, once known for its prevalence of "new money" The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point offers summer concerts every Saturday night. The Great Neck Arts Center is a popular shopping district in the center of the town. The Town of Kings Point is home to a number of cultural institutions, including the New York State College of Art and Design and the Town of Long Island College of Applied Arts and Sciences. The town is also home to the National Museum of American History, which houses a collection of photographs of the Great Neck area from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is also the home of the National Gallery of Art, which is housed in a former mansion on the banks of the N.Y. Turnpike, which dates back to the 17th Century.


The Great Neck Union Free School District is the school district of most of Great Neck. About 6,200 students, grades K-12, attend the Great Neck Public Schools. The district has produced several high school winners of the international First Step to the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded in Poland. In the 2008 Newsweek magazine's annual list of the top 1,300 American high schools, Great Neck South was ranked 49th, and Great Neck North was ranked 68th. Private schools in the region include North Shore Hebrew Academy and Silverstein Hebrew Academy. At one time, the Japanese Weekend School of New York conducted lessons in Great Neck and taught classes to children from as far away as Australia and Canada. The Great Neck Library system is the public library system serving the community. There are four branches, located throughout the Greatneck peninsula: Main, Station, Parkville, and Lakeville. There is a district-wide alternative high school program, SEAL Academy (Supportive Environment for All Learners). There are also two middle schools and four elementary schools. Students have diverse backgrounds; they come from more than 40 countries and represent a broad socioeconomic range. Great Neck's two major high schools are rated among the top in the country. Its students have been frequent finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, and have produced several Intel STS winners since 1999. It also includes parts of unincorporated New Hyde Park and Manhasset Hills. A small part of eastern Great Neck around Northern Boulevard is part of the ManhASSet Union Free school District, whose students attend Manhassinget High School.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York = 36.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 59. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Great Neck = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 10,355 individuals with a median age of 41.5 age the population grows by 0.52% in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 7,062.3 residents per square mile of area (2,726.8/km²). There are average 2.93 people per household in the 3,269 households with an average household income of $93,406 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.00% of the available work force and has dropped -3.67% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 25.66%. The number of physicians in Great Neck per 100,000 population = 529.6.


The annual rainfall in Great Neck = 49.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 116. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 168. 81 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 25.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 48, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York which are owned by the occupant = 69.99%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 56 years with median home cost = $804,870 and home appreciation of -4.19%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $23.43 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $15,679 per student. There are 11.3 students for each teacher in the school, 501 students for each Librarian and 348 students for each Counselor. 4.27% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 20.71% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 30.07% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Great Neck's population in Nassau County, New York of 3,916 residents in 1900 has increased 2,64-fold to 10,355 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.05% female residents and 48.95% male residents live in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York.

    As of 2020 in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York are married and the remaining 37.56% are single population.

  • 43.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Great Neck require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    52.72% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.33% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 29.29% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.93% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York, 69.99% are owner-occupied homes, another 24.66% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.35% are vacant.

  • The 73.14% of the population in Great Neck, Nassau County, New York who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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