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B
Overall Niche Grade
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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
About Wading River...
Population
7,742

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$428,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,156
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    8%
  • Own
    92%

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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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$111,986
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Wading River Reviews

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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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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.
Wading river is a suburb that got stuck in the 90's. Much of its residents are conservatives older retires. Some families and newer generations are currently living here. There is a lot of real estate for sale for a couple of reasons, dying owners and owners that are sick of paying the high taxes becouse the nuclear power plant in Shoreham never opened. Wading River is relatively safe neighborhood the school district is good.