Wading River, Long Island
Wading River is a hamlet (census-designated place) in Suffolk Country, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. As of 2000 census, there were 6,668 people, 2,370 households, and 1,813 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $63,938, and the median income for a family was $73,059. Males had a median income of $58,214 and only $34,594 for females. The latitude of Wading River is 40.950N. The longitude is -72.843W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet. The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.10% White, 1.96% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 3.69% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The community of Wading River is on the town line between the Town of Brookhaven and the Town of Riverhead. It comes from the original Native American name for the area, Pauquaconsuk, meaning "the place where we wade for thick, round-shelled clams". It evolved into a commercial center for nearby North Shore hamlets in the 1700s and the more simple translation of this descriptive native word, "Wading in the River" or Wading River was adopted by the first settlers.
The hamlet is ensuring some good businesses to establish, especially those in the agricultural industry for its very rich and fertile sandy soil. It has been proven by Long Island Rail Road executives which are embarked on an unusual sideline starting in 1906. The farm was so abundant with beets, onions, melons, carrots, corn and squash that former President Theodore Roosevelt came to Wading River in the summer of 1910 to inspect what was coined Peace and plenty farm. The Wading River residents enjoy every range of country living at its best with North Fork farms, gaming, and old-fashioned New England Towns to the East, and not so remote suburbs, shopping and industry to the West. They also enjoy a varied housing community from beach and vacation bungalows to excessive new construction waterfronts, homes within developments or quiet isolated abodes.
One of the most historic structures in Wading River is the Wading River Congregational Church which was used in 1671 and was the earliest church in the area. Wading River has two townships namely the Brookhaven and Riverhead and two school districts as well the Shoreham/Wading River & Riverhead. The town geography has lowlands, highlands, hills, flat open spaces, farms, ponds, parks and beaches while industry has recently expanded with some shopping centers and new construction still retain the strangeness as a small East End Long Island town.