See J. Kasson, Amusing the Million (1970), and W. Register, The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements (2001).
Amusement area, southern Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. It was an island in the Atlantic Ocean until its creek silted up and it became part of Long Island. The first pavilion and bathhouse were erected in 1844, and it gained popularity with the coming of the subway in 1920. It has a 3.5-mi (5.6-km) boardwalk and an amusement park known for its roller coaster (the Cyclone). It is also the site of the New York Aquarium.
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There were 46 households out of which 13.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 2.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.50.
In the village the population was spread out with 12.8% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 35.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $20,625 versus $11,563 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,204. There were 11.5% of families and 15.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 28.6% of under eighteens and 7.1% of those over 64.