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Center Moriches, New York
Eastbound Main Street in Downtown Center Moriches; November 2019.
Eastbound Main Street in Downtown Center Moriches; November 2019.
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Center Moriches, New York is located in New York
Center Moriches, New York
Center Moriches, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Town Brookhaven
 • Total 5.6 sq mi (14.6 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
26 ft (8 m)
 • Total 7,580
 • Density 1,345/sq mi (519.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-13420
GNIS feature ID 0969982

Center Moriches ( moh-RITCH-iz) is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 7,580 at the 2010 census. Center Moriches is in the town of Brookhaven. It is the location of the historic Masury Estate Ballroom and Terry-Ketcham Inn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The name Moriches comes from Meritces, a Native American who owned land on Moriches Neck.


Center Moriches is located at 40°47′52″N 72°47′50″W / 40.79778°N 72.79722°W / 40.79778; -72.79722 (40.797772, -72.797192).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.5 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 7.36%, is water.

Demographics for the CDP

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,655 people, 2,319 households, and 1,776 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,327.2 per square mile (512.9/km2). There were 2,465 housing units at an average density of 491.6/sq mi (190.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.61% of the population.

There were 2,319 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

For 2016, the median income for a household in the CDP was $95,932. The per capita income for the CDP was $38,431. About 4.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

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  • Jeff LeBlanc - American singer-songwriter
  • Anthony Leone - American mixed martial artist
  • Linda Lovelace - Actor, author
  • Ferdinand Marcos – Filipino politician, lawyer, and kleptocrat
  • Chester G. Osborne - American composer, music educator, writer, and trumpeter
  • Caroline Rose - American singer, songwriter, and musician
  • Sue Wicks - Former WNBA player and WNBA Hall Of Famer. . Kelly “Goat” Mead-unofficial Mayor of Center Moriches
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