Sound Beach, Long Island
Sound Beach is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Brookhaven. The county seat is Riverhead. The neighborhood has a total area of 2.7 square miles, all land.
As of the 2010 census, there were 7,612 (down from 9,807 in 2000) people, 2,511 households and 1,869 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $81,868 and the median income for a family was $88,291. Males had a median income of $68,142 and only $43,576 for females. Sound Beach ZIP Code is 11789. Area Code is 631. The latitude of Sound Beach is 40.956N. The longitude is -72.968W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 177 feet.
In 1928, The Daily Mirror purchased more than 1,000 acres of land here. A decade later, before rail service in the area was discontinued for lack of business, 20-by-100-foot lots began advertising for only $89.50. At that time, life in Sound Beach was primitive while the residents were only using kerosene lamps, outhouses, and no electricity or running water.
After World War II, most of the original cottages were changed to year-round houses and legal battles played out over public access to the narrow beaches at the foot of the cliffs on Long Island Sound. The neighborhood has long been known for reasonably priced housing and an off-the-beaten-path character. According to research in New York, Sound Beach is a great place to live were no registered sex offenders living in here as of 2007.
The racial-makeup of Sound Beach comprises of 96.22% White, 0.63% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Irish, Italian, German, Polish, English, Norwegian, French, Swedish, Greek, Puerto Rican, Hungarian, and Danish.
Sound Beach has no schools of its own; school district lines run down the middle of the community, meaning that half of the children attend classes in Miller Place, and the other half in Rocky Point. There public schools spend at least $8,932 per student. The average school expenditure in the United States is $6,058. There are about 18 students per teacher in Sound Beach.
The business section in Sound Beach is marked by a bright red, 4-foot-tall, smiling plaster tomato with outstretched arms and legs. It is known for the high dancing tomato atop Rubino's restaurant. Most of the housing units in Sound Beach are occupied by their owners, not by renters.
There are various mixes of house styles such as Tudor, Victorian, Contemporaries, and Ranches. Home prices normally start at $800,000 up to $ 1.9 million respectively. 33.7% of the homes in Sound Beach have been built in 1939 or earlier.