Long Island: Center Moriches


Center Moriches MapCenter Moriches is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Brookhaven. It is also home to the Flight 800 Memorial Park. On July 17, 1996 TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, just 12 minutes after take-off from JFK International airport.

As of the 2010 census, there were 7,580 people, 2,754 households and 2,098 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $91,591 and the median income for a family was $105,673. Males had a median income of $57,480 and $50,787 for females. The latitude of Center Moriches is 40.800N. The longitude is -72.79W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 26 feet.

A sign  welcomes visitors and residents to the hamlet of Center Moriches.

A Center Moriches Paper Company truck makes its rounds in the local community.

In the late 1800s, duck farming was a major industry in Center Moriches. The community also takes care to preserve the best parts of its original agrarian settings at a time when agriculture has become scarce on all of Long Island. About 58% of adults here are married.. Large families and residences are common in Center Moriches. An estimated 78% of houses in Center Moriches are occupied by their owners. Vacation or seasonal housing units are not uncommon in the town. According to the famous researchers in New York, there was only one registered sex offender living in Center Moriches in early 2007. The ratio of number of residents in Center Moriches to the number of sex offenders is 6655 to 1.

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 25 Ocean Avenue, serves the Moriches, Mastic, Shirley, Eastport, Speonk and Remsenburg.

Center Moriches Flight 800 Memorial Park.Center Moriches is home to the Flight 800 Memorial Park. On July 17, 1996 TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, just 12 minutes after take-off from JFK International airport.

The racial-makeup of Center Moriches comprises of 90.02% White, 5.24% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 1.29% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Center Moriches Public LibraryCenter Moriches Public Library 235 Main Street, Center Moriches, New York 11934.

Center Moriches Fire DepartmentThe Center Moriches Fire Department has been serving the local community for over 125 years.

The community is served by Center Moriches Union Free School District which encompasses Elementary, Middle and High Schools and uses close parent-teacher interaction to impart quality education to all its children. Center Moriches is a community of learners reflecting the core values of their school system such as academic excellence, caring and cooperative relationships, and a respect for human differences, and commitment to community.

Center Moriches School DistrictCenter Moriches has 3 primary and secondary schools. The public schools in Center Moriches belong to Center Moriches UFSD. East Moriches UFSD is close by and scores slightly higher than Center Moriches.

Center Moriches DedicationCenter Moriches Fire Department was first organized as Hook and Ladder Company #1 on February 13, 1988.

Several houses of worships in town including the Assembly of God Church, the Manorville Community Church, the Saint John’s Episcopal Church, the Bel Ame Zion Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the First Church of God in Christ which the residents here are known to be religious. The local Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, recreational, moral, and civic interests of the Moriches area.

Center Moriches Terrell River County ParkTerrell River County Nature Preserve contains 260 acres and is located south of Montauk Highway, bordered by Moriches Bay and Terrell River.

The Historical Society, Civil Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars are the other key bodies through which the town’s residents organize group activity and participate in decision-making. Realty market in Center Moriches has good chances of appreciation. Typical house styles include Capes, ranches, Victorians, and Colonials with a price range between $220,000 and $1.2M.

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