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Middle Island is a hamlet in Suffolk County, located between the hamlets of Coram and Ridge to the west and east and between Rock Point and Yaphank to the north and south. The town earned its name from its position halfway between the eastern and western ends of Long Island (Montauk Point and East River), and halfway between Long Island’s northern and southern boundaries (Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean).

Cost of living

If Middle Island is on your radar as the location of your next dream home, expect to spend around $50,940 per year to cover your basic living expenses including transportation ($10,565), health care ($4,995), childcare ($34,472 for two children ages 4 and 8), food ($3,511 for a single adult or $10,139 for a family of four), and taxes ($10,099).


Middle Island residents experience a mix of warm, humid summers and cold, snowy, windy winters. Expect to wake up to partly cloudy days most mornings of the year and to switch on your windshield wipers for 111 days of precipitation including 48 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow. Freezing cold and scorching hot days are few and far between with temperatures averaging between 24℉ and 82℉ and rarely dropping below 10℉ or rising above 89℉.


The median list price in Middle Island is $361,995 and the average home stays on the market for 82 days. The sale-to-list ratio is 1 (which means homes sell at their listing price) and the homeownership rate is 73.6%.


Most Middle Island residents (86%) drive alone to work. 8.61% of residents carpool and 3.72% take public transit. The average commute time is 33.5 minutes with 5.87% of residents making super commutes exceeding 90 minutes. The average car ownership in Middle Island is 2 cars per household.


The largest share of households pays in the $3K+ range for property taxes. The combined sales tax rate in Middle Island is 8.63% and the income tax rate is 6.85%.

Job market

The most common job groups include office and administrative support, education and library, and sales. Popular job sectors include health care and social assistance, education, and retail. The most specialized jobs are law enforcement, health technologists and technicians, and community and social service occupations. The highest paid jobs are law enforcement ($98,750), protective service ($96,875), and education and library ($96,875).


Middle Island has an unemployment rate of 6.1%. Economists project 26% future job growth over the next ten years. The average income is $32,240 and the median household income is $78,301.


96.8% of Middle Island residents have health coverage including employee plans (52.9%), Medicaid (12.3%), Medicare (16.7%), non-group plans (14.2%), and military or VA plans (.75%). The per capita personal health care spending is $9,778.

Parks and recreation

Middle Island parks include Cathedral Pines County Park and the adjacent Prosser Pines Nature Preserve. Public golf courses include Middle Island Country Club, Spring Lake Golf Club, and Mill Pond Golf Course located just to the south in Yaphank.
Several lakes include Artist Lake, Pine Lake, and Spring Lake. Middle Island contains headwaters of Carmans River which began at Pfeiffer’s Pond on the northeast corner of NY-25 and Old Middle Island Road and now begins within Cathedral Pines County Park.

Find your dream Middle Island home

Contact Team Rita today to schedule viewings or find out about Open Houses in Middle Island, New York. Schedule a free consultation with one of our real estate agents. Team Rita can help with selling and buying your next dream home.

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(all data current as of 4/23/2024)

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