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Oyster Bay
—  Town  —
Town of Oyster Bay
Sagamore Hill
Oyster Bay is located in New York
Oyster Bay
Coordinates: 40°45′34″N 73°30′10″W / 40.75944°N 73.50278°W / 40.75944; -73.50278
Country  United States
State  New York
County Nassau
 - Total 169.5 sq mi (439.0 km2)
 - Land 104.4 sq mi (270.3 km2)
 - Water 65.1 sq mi (168.7 km2)
Elevation 180 ft (55 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 293,925
 Density 2,816.2/sq mi (1,087.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11771
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-56000
GNIS feature ID 0979336
Map showing the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County : the town is bordered on the east by Suffolk, on the south west by the town of Hempstead, on the north west by the town of North Hempstead and surrounds the city of Glen Cove

The Town of Oyster Bay is one of three towns in Nassau County, New York on Long Island, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 293,925. There are 18 villages and 18 hamlets within the Town of Oyster Bay. The U.S. Post Office has organized these 36 places into 30 different 5-digit ZIP codes.[1]

Oyster Bay is also the name of a hamlet on the north shore within the Town of Oyster Bay. Nearby this hamlet, in the Village of Cove Neck, is the former residence and summer White House of Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill, now a museum. At least six of the 36 villages and hamlets of the Town have shores on Oyster Bay Harbor, an inlet of Long Island Sound, and many of these at one time or another have also been referred to as being part of the hamlet of Oyster Bay.[1]



The area was originally part of the colony of New Amsterdam. The original patent for the town was granted in 1667, after the English took over the Dutch colony. During most of the American Revolution the town was under the control of English forces. The town was originally part of Queens County until the western portion of that county was amalgamated into New York City in 1898 and Nassau County was created in 1899. There are 40 buildings and sites presently named Town of Oyster Bay Landmarks.


The Town of Oyster Bay extends from the Long Island Sound in the north, south to the waters of South Oyster Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by the Town of North Hempstead on the northwest and Town of Hempstead on the southwest. It is the easternmost of the three towns of Nassau County, with Suffolk County, New York immediately to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 169.5 square miles (439.0 km²), of which, 104.4 square miles (270.3 km²) of it is land and 65.1 square miles (168.7 km²) of it (38.42%) is water.

In 1918 Glen Cove incorporated as a city and formed a governing system separate from the town.

The Town of Oyster Bay contains the following 18 villages:

  1. Bayville
  2. Brookville
  3. Centre Island
  4. Cove Neck
  5. East Hills (This village is shared with the Town of North Hempstead.)
  6. Farmingdale
  7. Lattingtown
  8. Laurel Hollow
  9. Massapequa Park
  10. Matinecock
  11. Mill Neck
  12. Muttontown
  13. Old Brookville
  14. Old Westbury (This village is shared with the Town of North Hempstead.)
  15. Oyster Bay Cove
  16. Roslyn Harbor (This village is shared with the Town of North Hempstead.)
  17. Sea Cliff
  18. Upper Brookville

The Town of Oyster Bay also contains the following hamlets:

  1. Bethpage
  2. East Massapequa
  3. East Norwich
  4. Glen Head
  5. Glenwood Landing (part)
  6. Greenvale (part)
  7. Hicksville
  8. Jericho
  9. Locust Valley
  10. Massapequa
  11. North Massapequa
  12. Old Bethpage
  13. Oyster Bay
  14. Plainedge
  15. Plainview
  16. South Farmingdale
  17. Syosset
  18. Woodbury


  1. Sea Cliff - a small portion within the Town of Oyster Bay that is not part of this village has the same ZIP Code as the village.
  2. Seaford - a small portion of Massapequa has the same ZIP Code as Seaford, which is in the Town of Hempstead.

Government and politics

The Town of Oyster Bay has a government made up of a town supervisor (John Venditto) and a town council of six members (Joseph D. Muscarella, Anthony D. Macagnone, Chris J. Coschignano, Rose Marie Walker, Elizabeth Faughnan, and Joseph G. Pinto). Council members are elected on a town wide basis as there are no election districts within the town. Two other elected positions are Town Clerk (Steven L. Labriola) and Receiver of Taxes (James J. Stefanich). All elected positions are held by Republicans.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 293,925 people, 99,355 households, and 80,278 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,816.2 people per square mile (1,087.3/km²). There were 101,076 housing units at an average density of 968.4/sq mi (373.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.83% White, 1.64% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 4.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.06% of the population.

There were 99,355 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $99,873, and the median income for a family was $115,095.[2] Males had a median income of $60,726 versus $39,420 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,895. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


Aer Lingus operates its United States office in Jericho CDP and in the Town of Oyster Bay.[4][5][6]


State University of New York at Old Westbury is in the town.[6]

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Nassau County ZIP codes". http://www.lieconomy.com/li/li/nassau/zipcodes.htm. 
  2. ^ "Town of Oyster Bay". http://www.oysterbaytown.com/. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Aer Lingus. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Jericho CDP, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Oyster Bay town, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.

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