is a hamlet
and Census Designated Place
in Nassau County
, New York
on the North Shore
of Long Island
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the community population was 15,215.
Port Washington is an unincorporated area within and directly governed by the Town of North Hempstead.
In broader sense, however, Port Washington includes the communities of Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North, Sands Point, Beacon Hill, Beacon Hill Colony, Manhasset Isle, New Salem, and northern Flower Hill as these areas share the same ZIP code, school and library districts.
Port Washington is located at (40.828948, -73.686688).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (25.22%) is water.
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
of any race were 11.20% of the population.
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, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 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.
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.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $85,837, and the median income for a family was $102,646. Males had a median income of $71,024 versus $49,299 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $43,815. 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.
- Bobby Ojeda, Lenny Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernandez, Ed Hearn, Rick Aguilera, David Cone, Keith Miller, Roger McDowell and about half of the 1986 Mets all used to live in Port Washington during their time with the New York Mets.
- Jack Aker, retired baseball player
- Carlos Beltran, New York Mets baseball player
- Len Berman, TV Newsanchor
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Doug Block, film director
- John Cassavetes, (1929-1989), actor and director.
- Jerry Colonna, venture capitalist and business coach
- Perry Como (1912-2001), entertainer.
- Boomer Esiason Former NFL Quarterback and current WFAN talkshow host.
- Carl G. Fisher (1874-1939), Built the Indianapolis Speedway, Developed Miami Beach and Montauk, Long Island.
- Leroy Grumman
- W. Averell Harriman (1891-1986), diplomat, Governor of New York
- Estelle Harris
- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees baseball player
- Craig Johnson, member of the New York State Senate
- Jeff Kent, former New York Mets baseball player
- Kevin McReynolds, retired New York Mets baseball player
- Jean Ritchie, famed Appalachian Dulcimer player
- Mike Scott, retired baseball player
- John Philip Sousa, famous conductor
- George Vecsey, New York Times sports reporter and author
- Turk Wendell, former New York Mets baseball player
Public Schools administered by the Port Washington Union Free School District
- John Philip Sousa Elementary School
- John J. Daly Elementary School
- Manorhaven Elementary School
- Guggenheim Elementary School
- South Salem Elementary School
- St. Peter of Alcantara School (private)
Junior High Schools
- Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School
Note: John Phillip Sousa Elementary School used to be a junior high but is now a public elementary school located just outside of the village of Manorhaven.
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. 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, Port Washington was the New York base of the Yankee Clipper seaplane.