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Port Jefferson Station is a historic, somewhat small town, located on the North Shore of the Long Island Sound, just south of the village of Port Jefferson, 50 miles east of Manhattan. The town offers moderately priced new construction homes, tons of beautiful parks and hiking trails, and some of the most beautiful rose-colored sunsets.

Locals enjoy a quiet town vibe where the smell of salt in the air encapsulates the beautiful beaches, waterfront views, and sound of the Long Island Ferry never too far in the distance. Unlike the South Shore of Long Island, Port Jefferson is more local and relaxing with beautiful calm water beaches facing Connecticut.

Discover a great walkaround town with a charming neighboring village where residents love to explore the fabulous shopping, food, and coffee shop options that line the family and pet-friendly streets, complete with a thriving nightlife scene. Thinking about making the move? Team Rita has the top reasons for you to explore Port Jefferson Station homes for sale.


Background and history

Port Jefferson Station was originally inhabited by Native Americans who named the town “Comsewogue” (or “Sowasset”)—the Native American term for either “place of small pines” or “where water opens”. The first settler, William Tooker, arrived in 1750.

The first community was rural and dependent on farming. The Long Island Rail Road arrived in 1873, which led to the community being named Port Jefferson Station.

Nesconset Highway was constructed in the 1950s, shifting the primarily farming community to one of suburban growth. By the early 1970s, Port Jefferson Station was a primarily suburban community. The village has since transitioned to a tourist-based economy.



Housing and income

A $98,354 median household income (up from $57,330 in 2000) earns Port Jefferson Station residents more than the $72,108 New York State average. The $411,109 median house value is also higher than the $338,700 New York State average.


Traffic and transportation

Easy access to the Long Island Rail Road and proximity to modern conveniences and major thoroughfares gives Port Jefferson Station residents a handful of commuting options.

The average commute is quite long (about 33 minutes) and local public transit is a popular means of travel. Suffolk County Transit bus routes shuffle many residents to work and a lot of people ride the train, traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.


Cost of living

New York is one of the highest residential home markets in the country, ranked number 13 in overall healthcare access and affordability. Healthcare costs make up a significant part of the cost of living when you buy a home in Port Jefferson Station.

Over the past year, transportation, food, and housing made up the largest increases in cost of living. Port Jefferson Station residents pay 8.6% in sales tax and 2.3% in property taxes.

Cost of living is relative to where you move from. If you move to Port Jefferson Station from Manhattan, for example, you can expect to pay 14.6% less for your daily living expenses. If you move from a place like Dallas, Texas, you can expect to pay 68.5% more.


Employment and economy

Port Jefferson Station is a white-collar town with 85.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs. It’s a town of professionals, sales, office, and administrative workers, and service providers among other types of types of professionals including teachers and people who work in computers and math. A 6.1% unemployment rate and 26.8% projected future job growth over the next ten years make Port Jefferson Station an exciting place for professionals to call home.



Home to top ranked public schools, Port Jefferson Station invites students to attend Comsewogue High School, John F Kennedy Middle School, and Boyle Road Elementary School among other public schools including Terryville Road School (grades 2-5), Clinton Avenue School (grades K-2), and Norwood Avenue School (grades K-2).


Best dining in Port Jefferson Station

Ready for a savory adventure? Wave Seafood & Steak is the New American outfit in Danfords on the Sound rich with an airy décor, harbor views, and a happening bar scene. In the mood for coffee and a snack? Toast Coffeehouse is the eclectic café with creative bites, lunch items, and late-night tapas—plus fondue on Fridays and Saturdays.

Another popular dining spot is RUVO, the local restaurant and bar chain serving a la carte and fixed-price Italian menus in a warm setting. For even more harbor views set in a warm dining room, The Fifth Season is the locavore American eatery with a changing seasonal menu.

Pasta Pasta is the North Shore fixture offering their namesake dish and other Italian entrees in an intimate space. PJ Lobster House is the restaurant and fish market specializing in fresh lobster and daily specials. Joey Z’s is the Mediterranean place with an extensive menu of gyros, paninis, and Greek, Italian, and American entrees including seafood.


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