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Overview of Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson is located in Suffolk County in New York, positioned on the northern side of Long Island. People living in Port Jefferson apartments for rent enjoy easy access to the city of Brentwood roughly 14 miles southwest of the village and New York City approximately 49 miles to its west.

Port Jefferson has an estimated population of more than 7,700 and encompasses roughly 3.06 square miles of land. Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that 70 percent of homes are occupied by owners and that there is a fair amount of diversity in the village.

Living in Port Jefferson, NY

People living in Port Jefferson apartments can enjoy a city with an interesting past. The area was formerly known as Drowned Meadow due to the frequent floods to the area from the Long Island Sound. In Port Jefferson's early years, it was a major ship-building community. In 1836, the village was officially named, receiving its namesake in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, who was mainly responsible for providing the funds that were put toward the prevention of floods to the area. In the 1880s, Port Jefferson took on the role of a major whaling port, and the village was finally incorporated in 1964.

People living in the village of Port Jefferson enjoy proximity to the Long Island MacArthur airport, and living in a vibrant port village with a very suburban feel to it, while having the largest city in the country located roughly an hour away by car.

Port Jefferson Work and Study

Business professionals working in the educational services industry in particular could find apartments near Port Jefferson an attractive option. City-Data information revealed that the educational services industry is the most common in the area, making up 16 percent of local industry. It is followed by the healthcare and social assistance industry at 15 percent. The most common occupation is management positions.

Students have a number of higher education opportunities located nearby, including: Stony Brook University; Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus; Dowling College; Sacred Heart University; and Saint Josephs College, Suffolk Campus. Stony Brook University sits on a 1,039-acre campus on the north shore of Long Island. Suffolk County Community College is the largest community college in the state of New York, enrolling more than 25,000 students across its three campuses at Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.

Rentals in Port Jefferson, NY and Cost of Living

According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Port Jefferson rentals have a vacancy rate of 12 percent, and median gross rent was valued at $1,530 as of 2010. Roughly 51.8 percent of all renters fall in the gross rent range of $1,500 or more, with more than 92 percent of all renters falling in the wider gross rent range of $1,000 to $1,500 or more. The data further indicated that nearly half of all renters reported spending 35 percent or more of their household income on gross rental costs.

City-Data information revealed that in March 2012, the cost of living in Port Jefferson was 56 percent higher than the national value of 100 points.

Port Jefferson Attractions and Special Events

There are numerous attractions at the doorsteps of residents living in Port Jefferson apartments, including the Long Island Museum, Marshall Field III Estate, Mather House Museum, Sherwood Island State Park, Beardsley Zoological Gardens and the Maritime Aquarium.

A popular area attraction is the Mather House Museum, which is located in Port Jefferson and features many exhibits of shipbuilding and maritime. For more seaside adventures, the Long Island Maritime Museum is located nearby on the historic West Sayville waterfront.

The Maritime Explorium is located overlooking the Port Jefferson Harbor and features exhibits on the historical, scientific and artistic qualities of America's maritime heritage. It also allows visitors to narrow their focus a bit on the unique ecosystem in and around the Long Island Sound. This is a particularly popular attraction for families as the site features interactive exhibits to foster learning at an individualized level including sensory, kinesthetic, logical, spatial, artistic, linguistic and emotional intelligences.

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