Long Island: Glen Head

Glen Head, Long Island Glen Head is a hamlet (census-designated place) located in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is in the Town of Oyster Bay and a part of North Shore School District. Glen Head is listed as one of the wealthiest zip codes on Long Island according to Newsday’s home value listings.

As of 2010 census, there were 4,697 people, 1,718 households, and 1,320 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $99,234, and the median income for a family was $123,229. The latitude of Glen Head is 40.835N. The longitude is -73.624W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 115 feet.


Glen Head was once part of the large Cedar Swamp area east of Hempstead Harbor but not the part 17th-Century Dutch and English pioneers cared about. They went around its 200-foot hilly terrain for the more easily farmed land a few miles east around Brookville. Glen Head waited about 100 years before farmhouses appeared in any number.

In 1850, the Duryea starch factory, said to be one of the country’s largest industrial plants attracted hundreds of workers, many of whom settled in the hamlet. Glen Head also had an early brick factory, boat-building and other blue-collar crafts. Early in the century, Glen Head, a 1.6-square-mile unincorporated part of the town, attracted many Norwegian and Polish immigrants, but since World War II the influx has been largely Italian with an approximately 29% of total races living to the area. There were 1,717 housing units in Glen Head and it was all located in urbanized areas and none were located in a rural area. The home-ownership rate is about 85.8%. Glen Head’s vacancy rate including seasonal lodging is about 2.1%. Average household size is 2.75 people.


North Shore School offer quality education and nurture their students in learning and in the powers of mind and body. As of 2006, approximately 841 students attend North Shore High School. The school helps develop each child’s awakening into confident young adulthood that requires guided engagement with vital ideas and events of the past to realize fresh possibilities and discoveries for the future.

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