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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Wading River is a suburb of New York City with a population of 8,034. Wading River is in Suffolk County. Living in Wading River offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Wading River and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Wading River are above average.
About Wading River...
Population
8,034

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$399,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,648
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    9%
  • Own
    91%
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Wading River Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Wading River

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$126,458
National
$55,322
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Wading River is a lovely family-friendly hamlet. It is quiet and small, but has plenty of local eateries and a scattering of parks and beaches. Wildwood state park is the gem, with campsites for tents, RVs, and access to the beach. It is a place you would travel through, not exactly a destination. There are very few places to stay. There is unfortunately no entertainment in town besides East Wind, which boasts a catering hall, inn, and recently an outlet of specialty shops. Phil's bar and grill is a local favorite and the one exception; some nights they have live music. Overall it is a beautiful town worth visiting, absolutely worth a stop for lunch or dinner on your way to the vineyards on Sound Avenue! If there is any sort of food you are craving, they have it in town- honestly. If the diversity in food was represented in the population, it would be a truly interesting place. My only other criticism is that there is not much to do in town for young people who are not outdoorsy.
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We have been living in WR for almost 3 years. We love WR for many reasons. The schools are very good. My kids are excelling and My son who is a senior will be going to an Ivy league or at least to a excellent university close to Ivy league status. The neighborhood is great. The property you get is much more for the amount of tax you pay. You are close to the beach and parks(3-5 min). Port Jeff, Setauket, Miller Place, Rocky Point shopping within reach 12-25 min away. Thank God mall is far away since studies have shown that living close to the mall is never a good thing especially for property values and other things (safety etc.) but still within reach (30 min) when you need the mall. WR is also very safe. Lots of trees and nature is plenty. Easy access to the Hampton's if you like those kind of things. Personally I am so grateful that we found this kind place in Long Island. We hope to live here for a very long time.
Wading River is better than average. It is divided by two very different school districts (Shoreham Wading River and Riverhead), and two townships (Brookhaven and Riverhead). For families, it's generally considered better to be in the SWR area, and people are very snobbish about it. For the tax conscious, living in the Riverhead school district can almost cut property taxes in half for the same home as your neighbor in SWR.

There is rarely heavy traffic in Wading River. Wading River is also doing its part to fight against the ruthless expansion of retail and high density housing by being part of the Peconic Bay Fund. It has had mixed results.

Taxes are high. Mostly this can be attributed to the school district. While the standard of education is high, they have recently had more than a few public financial blunders that call into question their ability to properly manage money.

The population is aging, but many of the neighborhoods are showing signs of turnover.