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Patchogue, New York
Incorporated Village of Patchogue
US Post Office-Patchogue
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Patchogue, New York is located in Long Island
Patchogue, New York
Patchogue, New York
Location in Long Island
Patchogue, New York is located in New York
Patchogue, New York
Patchogue, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 2.52 sq mi (6.53 km2)
 • Land 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 11,798
 • Estimate 
 • Density 5,451.77/sq mi (2,104.68/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-56660
GNIS feature ID 0959977

Patchogue ( PATCH-awg) is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 11,798 at the time of the 2010 census. Patchogue is part of the town of Brookhaven, on the south shore of Long Island, adjoining Great South Bay. It is officially known as the Incorporated Village of Patchogue.


George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Creek, Patchogue, Long Island, ca. 1872-1878
George Bradford Brainerd. Creek, Patchogue, Long Island, ca. 1872–1878. Brooklyn Museum
George Bradford Brainerd. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, Long Island, ca. 1872-1887
George Bradford Brainerd. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, Long Island, ca. 1872–1887. Brooklyn Museum

Patchogue, which is approximately 60 miles (100 km) east of Manhattan, became incorporated in 1893. A natural riverfront and harbor are resources that the village has utilized for the past 100 years, to become a modern and largely self-contained community.

View of Patchogue
Sketch of early Patchogue

The current mayor of Patchogue, Paul Pontieri, was a vice-principal of the neighboring South Country School District's Bellport High School for many years. He has also served as a vice-principal at Ward Melville High School, in Three Village School District. He was elected in March, 2004 to a four-year term, then re-elected in 2008.

Patchogue, Main Street, 1-22-10
The Four Corners, where West & East Main Streets meets South & North Ocean Avenues.

Patchogue is the mailing address for residents of the village, as well as residents of the adjoining hamlets of East Patchogue, North Patchogue, Canaan Lake and some areas on Fire Island.

Patchogue and the adjacent hamlet of Medford share a school district and library. There are Primary, Middle and High Schools, plus continuing education programs for adults. The School District, library, St. Joseph's and the Briarcliffe Colleges provide a variety of educational opportunities. In 2010, the Patchogue-Medford Library was awarded the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Science for the library's work in bilingual programming.

The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts opened in 1923. It was later renovated into a triplex, after which it was converted to a single movie theater. It closed in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s the Village acquired the theater, and completely refurbished the building; it now seats 1,166 people.

Patchogue has places of worship of various Christian denominations. Three churches in Patchogue are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Congregational Church on East Main Street, United Methodist Church on South Ocean Avenue between Church Street and Terry Street, and the St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Rider Avenue across from Terry Street. St. Francis de Sales is the Roman Catholic parish which was formed in the 1880s. It was formed and flourished despite the protests of the nativist movement (the Know Nothings). Patchogue also has two synagogues, Young Israel of Patchogue and Temple Beth-El.

Volunteer organisations include The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus Council 725, Kiwanis, Rotarians and Lions. The Patchogue Ambulance Company is an all-volunteer service.

In 1996, the Village acquired the old Ward & Glynne theatre located in the heart of the Village. It had opened in 1923 as a Vaudeville and live theatre. It stayed open through the 1940s when it was converted into a movie house. Around the late 1980s, the theatre closed its doors. In 1996, the Village acquired it, and it reopened in 1999. Done by an army of volunteers, the theatre was restored as close to its original beauty as possible. In 2006 over 100,000 people visited the theatre, which accommodates all types of live theatre. From Broadway shows, to Irish Tenors, to local bands, the theatre continues to draw an audience from all over the island and New York.

The Blue Point Brewing Company opened in Patchogue in 1998, and is the only commercial brewery on Long Island (not counting the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, which is in the City of New York and contracts most of its product from Matt Brewing Company in upstate Utica, or the various brewpubs that brew mostly for consumption on the premises).


Patchogue is located at 40°45′48″N 73°1′4″W / 40.76333°N 73.01778°W / 40.76333; -73.01778 (40.763370, −73.017868).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), of which 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (10.71%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,503
1900 2,926
1910 3,824 30.7%
1920 4,031 5.4%
1930 6,860 70.2%
1940 7,181 4.7%
1950 7,361 2.5%
1960 8,838 20.1%
1970 11,582 31.0%
1980 11,291 −2.5%
1990 11,060 −2.0%
2000 11,919 7.8%
2010 11,798 −1.0%
2019 (est.) 12,321 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Patchogue, Main Street, 1-22-10
The Four Corners, where West & East Main Streets meet South & North Ocean Avenues

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,919 people, 4,636 households, and 2,749 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,301.2 people per square mile (2,045.3/km2). There were 4,902 housing units at an average density of 2,180.2 per square mile (841.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 81.27% White, 3.89% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 9.23% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 23.84% of the population.

Hart's Tavern, Patchogue 20211020
Historical Markers in NYS - Places President George Washington visited in 1790

There were 4,636 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.20.

22.5% of Patchogue's inhabitants were under the age of 18, 9.2% ranged from 18 and 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,027, and the median income for a family was $60,126. Males had a median income of $38,561 versus $30,599 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,962. 8.1% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010, the demographics were 61.8% White, 29.6% Hispanic, 5.3% Black, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Some Other Race, and 1.4% Two or More Races.


  • Patchogue is served by the LIRR Montauk Branch. The station is a hub for several Suffolk County Transit bus lines (the S40, S54, S61, S63, S66, S68, 7A & 7B), as well as the Village of Patchogue Bus.
  • Within walking distance of the LIRR station is the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, which serves Davis Park, New York and the Watch Hill Visitor's Center in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.
  • The main road through Patchogue is Montauk Highway. Other important roads are (from west to east) County Route 19, South and North Ocean Avenues, the latter of which leads to County Route 83 and New York State Route 112.


The Blue Point Brewing Company is based in Patchogue.


Patchogue and the adjacent hamlet of Medford share a school district and library. There are primary, middle and high schools, plus continuing education programs for adults. The school district, library, and St. Joseph's College provide a variety of educational opportunities. In 2010, the Patchogue-Medford Library was awarded the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Science for the library's work in bilingual programming.

Notable people

  • Emily Newton Barto, painter was born in Patchogue
  • Walta Borawski American poet
  • Frank Castellano, captain of USS Bainbridge
  • Mike Fagan, professional bowler
  • Billy Idol, English musician – lived in a house in Patchogue when his family emigrated to the United States in 1958.
  • Leila Kenzle, actress – was born in Patchogue (1960)
  • Biz Markie, rapper – lived in Patchogue
  • Chrisette Michele, Patchogue-raised Grammy winner who won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song "Be OK".
  • Robert Pelletreau, US Diplomat and Ambassador, born in Patchogue, lawyer from family of prominent judges and lawyers in Patchogue, Pelletreau & Pelletreau.
  • Sylvia Porter, journalist – born in Patchogue (1913)
  • William T. Sanders, anthropologist specialising in Mesoamerican archaeology, born and grew up in Patchogue.
  • Jeff Schaefer, baseball player for Chicago White Sox (1989), born in Patchogue.
  • Edgar A. Sharp, United States representative to the Seventy-ninth Congress (1945–1947): born in Patchogue (1876).
  • William Stuart-Houston (born William Patrick Hitler), Adolf Hitler's nephew lived on Silver Street, along with his mother Bridget, his wife Phyllis, and his four sons, Alexander, Louis, Howard, and Brian.
  • Bryant Neal Vinas, convicted of participating in and supporting al-Qaeda plots in Afghanistan and the U.S., and helping al-Qaeda plan a bomb attack on the Long Island Rail Road.

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