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Ronkonkoma is a census-designated place
Census-designated place
A census-designated place is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places such as cities, towns and villages...

 (CDP) on Long Island
Long Island
Long Island is an island located in the southeast part of the U.S. state of New York, just east of Manhattan. Stretching northeast into the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island contains four counties, two of which are boroughs of New York City , and two of which are mainly suburban...

 in the Town of Islip
Islip (town), New York
The Town of Islip is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York . Located on the south shore of Long Island, the town population was 322,612 at the 2000 census. The smaller, unincorporated hamlet of Islip lies within the town.-Demographics:...

, Suffolk County
Suffolk County, New York
Suffolk County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York on the eastern portion of Long Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,493,350. It was named for the county of Suffolk in England, from which its earliest settlers came...

, New York
New York
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, United States
United States
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. The population was 20,029 at the 2000 census. The Ronkonkoma post office has the ZIP code of 11779, and serves parts of several hamlets and CDPs adjacent to Ronkonkoma also.

Since 1988, Ronkonkoma has been the end of electrification along the Long Island Rail Road
Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road or LIRR is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island, New York. It is the busiest commuter railroad in North America, serving about 81.5 million passengers each year. Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the oldest US...

's Main Line
Main Line (Long Island Rail Road)
The Main Line is a rail line owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. It begins in Long Island City and runs along the middle of Long Island about 95 miles to Greenport...

The track between Hicksville and Ronkonkama has long been referred to as the Ronkonkoma Branch
Ronkonkoma Branch
The Ronkonkoma Branch is a rail service operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. On LIRR maps and printed schedules, "Ronkonkoma Branch" refers to trains running along the railroad's Main Line from Hicksville east to the line's terminus at Greenport.The section of the...


Ronkonkoma is also home to Long Island MacArthur Airport
Long Island MacArthur Airport
Long Island MacArthur Airport, formerly known as Islip Airport is a public airport located on Long Island, in Ronkonkoma, Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is seven miles northeast of the central business district of Islip hamlet...

 (sometimes referred to simply as Islip Airport), airport code ISP, which is owned and operated by the Town of Islip.

The New York Air Route Traffic Control Center
New York Air Route Traffic Control Center
New York Air Route Traffic Control Center is one of 22 Air Route Traffic Control Centers in the United States.-Area of responsibility:...

 is located in Ronkonkoma, as is CVD Equipment Corporation, a nanotechnology
and high-technology engineering company that is doing research on carbon nanotubes in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.


Ronkonkoma is located at 40°48′50"N 73°7′42"W (40.813962, -73.128438). According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the CDP has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22 km²), 21.2 km² (8.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (4.10%) is water.

The community is adjacent to Lake Ronkonkoma
Ronkonkoma Lake
Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island's largest freshwater lake, is in Suffolk County, New York, and has a circumference of about , and is across on average....


Notable residents and natives

  • Maude Adams
    Maude Adams
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  • Joe Jones
    Joe Jones (basketball coach)
    Joseph "Joe" Jones is the head coach of Boston University's men's basketball team. He served one season as an associate head coach for Boston College's men's basketball team and was previously the head coach at Columbia University. In 2006-07, the Ronkonkoma, New York, native led the Columbia Lions...

     (basketball coach)
  • Moira Kelly
    Moira Kelly
    Moira Kelly is an American actress. She is best known for playing single mother Karen Roe on the teen drama One Tree Hill. She also directed two episodes of the series: "Resolve" and "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me"...

  • Lennon Murphy
    Lennon Murphy
    Lennon Anne Murphy, named after musician John Lennon, is a singer-songwriter out of Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States.-Early life:Murphy was born in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York on March 31, 1982. When she was four years old, Murphy and her mother moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee,...

  • Kimmi Kappenberg (Survivor Australian Outback Contestant)
  • James Morgan
    James Morgan
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     ( Recording artist)
  • Tim Young
    Tim Young
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     (Broadway actor, formerly of the musical Next To Normal)


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 20,029 people, 6,550 households, and 5,200 families residing in the CDP. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,450.4 per square mile (946.5/km²). There were 6,660 housing units at an average density of 814.8/sq mi (314.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.85% White, 0.90% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.34% of the population.

There were 6,550 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $87,896, and the median income for a family was $97,441 (as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,594 versus $35,013 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the CDP was $25,152. About 2.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

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