Port Washington, New York

Port Washington is an affluent hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the community population was 15,846.[1]

Port Washington
U.S. Census Map of Port Washington
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 40°49′44″N 73°41′12″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownNorth Hempstead
  Total5.6 sq mi (14.6 km2)
  Land4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
  Water1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)516
FIPS code36-59520
GNIS feature ID0960979

Port Washington is a hamlet within and directly governed by the town of North Hempstead. With rolling hills and a serpentine coastline in the northwest corner of Nassau County, Port Washington is studded with marinas, parks, yacht clubs and golf courses. The Great Neck peninsula is across Manhasset Bay to the west; Manhasset and Plandome are to the south; Roslyn lies southeast. Besides an unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington is home to four incorporated villages: Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, plus part of the village of Flower Hill.

According to Forbes, Port Washington is ranked as the 418th wealthiest place in the United States as of 2017, with a median home sale price of $1,191,865.[2]


In the 1870s, Port Washington became an important sand-mining town; it had the largest sandbank east of the Mississippi and easy barge access to Manhattan. Some 140 million cubic yards of local sand were used for concrete for New York skyscrapers like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, according to Jon Kaiman, the Town Supervisor until 2013. In 1998, the sand mines were redeveloped as Harbor Links,[3] a golf course for North Hempstead residents.

The Thomas Dodge Homestead, Execution Rocks Light, Gould-Guggenheim Estate, William Landsberg House, Main Street School, Monfort Cemetery, Sands-Willets Homestead, and John Philip Sousa House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5]

The Knickerbocker Yacht Club was a yacht club in Port Washington for over 100 years.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (25.22%) is water.

Bar Beach

Bar Beach is a beach located on the North Shore (Long Island), in Port Washington. It is adjacent to Hempstead Harbor beach.[7]

A fireworks display sometimes takes place at the beach on Memorial Day but not in 2007. The absence of fireworks has been blamed on the Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza by the Town of North Hempstead. Fireworks returned to Bar Beach (renamed as North Hempstead Beach Park in 2008) on Memorial Day, with the Town of North Hempstead fully sponsoring the event. In late 2007, the Town assumed management of the neighboring beach, Hempstead Harbor, from Nassau County. After beginning renovations to this portion of the beach, the entire property was re-opened in the spring of 2008 as North Hempstead Beach Park.

In addition to the annual Memorial Day fireworks show, the beach is host to "Beachfest", an end of summer festival which is held each September. Beachfest features music, games, food vendors, and attractions for all ages.


2010 Census

As of the 2010 census,[8] the population was 82.2% White 74.7% Non-Hispanic White, 2.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 4.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 13.4% of the population. The median income for households in Port Washington, New York is $117,647, while the mean household income is $174,069, excluding the data from the extremely wealthy hamlet of Sands Point.[9]

2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,215 people, 5,521 households, and 4,168 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,613.7 per square mile (1,395.4/km²). There were 5,662 housing units at an average density of 1,344.8/sq mi (519.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.97% White, 2.81% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.07% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.15% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 11.20% of the population.[1]

There were 5,521 households, out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.15.[1]

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.[1]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $105,837 and the median income for a family was $122,646. Males had a median income of $91,024 versus $59,299 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $53,815. About 3.1% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[1]


Entertainment One, NPD Group, Pall, Publishers Clearing House, and Systemax are among the companies based in Port Washington.

Real estate

Homes in Port Washington vary from $600,000-$1,899,000 while small apartments are available from $20,000-$650,000 depending on many factors. The average residence costs around $895,000 in Port Washington, over the state average of $300,000 and the national average of $180,000. Some more luxury style homes are in nearby Sands Point, which also use the Port Washington school district and Manhasset.


Elementary schools

  • Guggenheim Elementary School
  • John J. Daly Elementary School
  • John Philip Sousa Elementary School
  • Manorhaven Elementary School
  • St. Peter of Alcantara School (private)
  • South Salem Elementary School
  • Vincent Smith School (private)

Junior high schools

  • Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School[10]
  • St. Peter of Alcantara School (private)
  • Vincent Smith School (private)

High schools

  • Paul D. Schreiber High School
  • Vincent Smith School (private)

Places of worship


  • 1st Church of Christ Scientist Port Washington (Christian Science)
  • Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox)
  • Bible Church-Port Washington
  • Faith Korean Church of Long Island (Presbyterian)
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior (Lutheran) – ELCA)
  • Mt. Olive AME Church
  • New York Philadelphia Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian)
  • Our Lady of Fatima (Roman Catholic)
  • St Peter of Alcantara (Roman Catholic)
  • St Stephen's Episcopal Church (Episcopalian)
  • United Methodist Church of Port Washington (Methodist)


  • Chabad of Port Washington (Orthodox)
  • Port Jewish Center (Reform)
  • Temple Beth Israel (Conservative)
  • The Community Synagogue (Reform)

Fire department

The Port Washington Fire Department is a not-for-profit private corporation providing contractual public safety services to the area known as the Port Washington Fire Protection District. The Port Washington Fire Protection District is an 11-square-mile (28 km2) area on the Northern Peninsula of Nassau County Long Island that includes:

The Port Washington Fire Department is a volunteer department composed of four companies.[11]

  • Ladder Company: Atlantic Hook & Ladder Company #1
  • Engine Company: Protection Engine Company #1
  • Engine Company: Flower Hill Hose Company #1
  • Emergency Medical Service Company: Fire Medic Company #1

Police district

The police district provides police protection for the unincorporated area of Port Washington in the Town of North Hempstead as well as the incorporated villages of Baxter Estates and Port Washington North.


Port Washington is the terminus of New York State Route 101 and of the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road built at the end of the 19th century at a station of the same name, which opened for passengers in 1898. Anticipating growth due to the railroad, the community was renamed from Cow Neck. Shoreline roads connect it to Manhasset and Roslyn, New York. During part of the 1930s, before the opening of New York City's Marine Air Terminal, Port Washington was the New York base of the Yankee Clipper Boeing 314 seaplane.

The N23 bus operated by Nassau Inter-County Express from Manorhaven to either Mineola or Hempstead also serves Port Washington, running along Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard.

Notable people

Port Washington is depicted as the area of East Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.

Scenes from the 2000 movie, 'Meet the Parents' were shot along Main Street in Port Washington.

See also


  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. "Aeria's Most Expensive ZIP Codes 2017". Forbes. November 28, 2017.
  3. "Harbor Links". harborlinks.com.
  4. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 8/18/14 through 8/23/14". National Park Service. August 29, 2014. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  6. North Hempstead Beach Park Archived August 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Port Washington Patch
  7. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1
  8. "US Cities: Port Washington, NY". World Population Review.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2006. Retrieved March 15, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "Port Washington Fire Department". pwfd.com.
  11. "Tour ex-Met Carlos Beltran's $5.495M Sands Point home". Newsday. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  12. "LIU WRH - Collection Highlights". www.liucedarswampcollection.org. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  13. "DaveKerpen.com".
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