Massapequa, uninc. city (1990 pop. 22,018), Nassau co., SE N.Y., on the south shore of Long Island. It is chiefly residential.

Massapequa is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) located in Nassau County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 22,652.

Massapequa is a suburb on the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Oyster Bay.

For many years it was reported that Massapequa was one of the 13 tribes of Long Island. Later research says that it was just a Native American name for the location.


Massapequa, on southern Long Island, is located at 40°40'13" North, 73°28'16" West (40.670403, -73.471150).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it is water. The total area is 9.20% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 22,652 people, 7,417 households, 6,297 families, and 5,243 cats residing in the CDP. The population density is 6,207.5 per square mile (2,396.2/km²). There are 7,514 housing units at an average density of 2,059.1/sq mi (794.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 97.42% White, 0.17% African American, 0.02% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,417 households out of which 38.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.4% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 15.1% are non-families. 12.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.05 and the average family size is 3.33.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years as of 2007. For every 100 females there are 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $94,760 as of 2007, and the median income for a family is $88,571. Males have a median income of $62,231 versus $40,920 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $32,532. 2.3% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.0% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

The Massapequas, (Massapequa Park, Massapequa, East Massapequa and North Massapequa) are noted for having the highest population and percentage of Italians on Long Island. Massapequa Park is, as the rest of the Massapequas (with the exception of East Massapequa) predominantly Italian American, with near 50% of its citizens claiming Italian ancestry.

During the 1960s and the 1970s, Massapequa School District had seven elementary schools (Carmans Road, East Lake, Birch Lane, Fairfield, Unqua, Hawthorne, Raymond J. Lockhart), two junior high schools (John P. McKenna and J. Lewis Ames, formerly Parkside) and two high schools, Massapequa and Alfred G. Berner. Berner is located five minutes away from the infamous "Amityville Horror" house. In the 1990s the Massapequa school district restructured the district by leasing Carmans Road elementary to Nassau BOCES. Hawthorne Elementary was rented to the police in 2006. John P. McKenna Jr. High School was converted to an elementary school, while Alfred G. Berner became the new middle school. J. Lewis Ames Jr. High School is also no longer a middle school, but now the "Ames Campus" of Massapequa High School, which is where the 9th grade currently attends.

Famous residents

Anti-war activist and Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, the Baldwin Brothers, musician Dee Snider, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, As Tall As Lions, Bobby Slayton, Mark LoMonaco, actor Steve Guttenberg, John Melendez,Yankee's pitcher Robert Elliott, the Baldinger brothers, Brian Kilmeade, model & actress Yvette Nelson, political speechwriter and Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, CIA Operative Patrick Timpano, singer/song writer Neil Diamond and the Stray Cats (Brian Setzer, Jim McDonnell and Lee Rocker) all grew up in Massapequa.

Current Residents

Notable current residents include:


  • Streets of Massapequa were shown in the Oliver Stone film "Born on the Fourth of July", which was based on the book of the same name by Massapequa native Ron Kovic.
  • Massapequa was first settled by Native Americans.
  • Massapequa is the location of the well-known Long Island hotspot All-American Drive In.
  • Massapequa is the setting for an episode of Friends in which they go to a party in Massapequa. Alec Baldwin is a guest character in the episode, who claims he's "not familiar with Massapequa". He should be, Baldwin was born there.
  • Massapequa is known for having excellent sport teams. The area is known mostly for its baseball teams Massapequa International Little League and MHS football teams, lacrosse teams, hockey teams, and soccer teams. In the 2007 season, Massapequa High School's baseball team won the New York State division.
  • Massapequa was originally known as South Oyster Bay, but was changed when the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) placed the sign contradicting the original name.
  • Massapequa is the place of the first descendants of Kate McKay's family in Kate and Leopold.
  • Massapequa is the home of Andrew Marino, 2007 2nd round draft pick of the Calgary Flames.
  • Massapequa is home to Pack 590, Theodore Roosevelt Council Pack of the Year 2007-2008. Pack 590 is sponsored by American Legion Post 1066
  • Massapequa is home to Tobay Ocean Beach
  • An episode of Seinfeld involves "Mr. Bevilacqua" and flashbacks to Jerry's childhood. Al Bevilacqua was indeed the legendary wrestling coach from Massapequa High School from 1962 to 1977. He coached Ron Kovic before the Massapequa student left for Vietnam upon his graduation from MHS.

School District

Massapequa School District has...

  • 6 Elementary schools[Grades K-6}

-Birch Lane -East Lake -Fairfield -Lockhart -Mckenna -Unqua

  • 1 Middle School{Grades 7-8}

-Berner formerly {Berner High School 1962-1987}

  • 1 Pre-High School{Grade 9}

-Ames -Officially designated Massapequa High School, Ames Campus

  • 1 High School{Grades 10-12}

-Massapequa High School


Massapequa has a climate that is very similar to other coastal areas of the Northeastern United States; it has warm, humid summers and cold winters, but the Atlantic Ocean helps bring afternoon sea breezes that temper the heat in the warmer months and limit the frequency and severity of thunderstorms. However, severe thunderstorms are not uncommon, especially when they approach the island from the mainland (Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut) in the northwest. In the wintertime, temperatures are warmer than areas further inland (especially in the night and early morning hours), sometimes causing a snowstorm further inland to fall as rain on the island. However, measurable snow falls every winter, and in many winters one or more intense storms called Nor'easters produce blizzard conditions with snowfalls of 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) and near-hurricane force winds. Long Island temperatures also vary from west to east, with the western part of the island warmer on most occasions than the east. This is due to two factors; one because the western part is closer to the mainland and the other is the western part is more developed causing what is known as the "urban heat island" effect.

On August 25 2006, a small F0 tornado struck Massapequa.

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