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The Inside Scoop on Ronkonkoma Homes for Sale

Ronkonkoma is a Long Island suburb full of single-family homes, front lawns, grocery stores, post offices, and tons of food, shopping, and year-round entertainment. Proximity to the Smith Haven Mall, comedy clubs, and bustling neighboring towns like Patchogue and Port Jefferson motivates the fun-loving, socially active crowd to explore Ronkonkoma homes for sale.

A community of commuters, Ronkonkoma is home to office workers who either fight rush hour traffic to get to New York City or read, study, or nap on the Long Island Railroad with a direct line to Penn Station. Known for its famous beaches, high cost of living, top-notch schools, and popular Lake Ronkonkoma landmark, this prominent Suffolk County town welcomes a population of 18,877 residents.


Background and history

Named after Lake Ronkonkoma, the word “Ronkonkoma” originated from an Algonquian expression meaning “boundary fishing-lake”. Marking the end of electrification along the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line since 1988, the Ronkonkoma branch designates the track between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma was the terminus of the first road in the United States designed exclusively for automobiles, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, constructed by a consortium of investors called the Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. led by William Kissam Vanderbilt II.

The Suffolk County town is also home to Long Island MacArthur Airport and the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center.


Housing and income

Housing prices and incomes are important to anyone looking to buy a home in Ronkonkoma, New York. The typical Ronkonkoma household earns $111,052 in annual salary and owns a home with a median property value of $364,100. Just under seven out of every ten residents own a home and pay $2,489 in property taxes.



The average Ronkonkoma resident commutes 28.7 minutes either alone in the car (80.2%), carpooling with others (10%), or via public transit (5.52%).


Cost of living

It’s a good thing Ronkonkoma residents earn some of the highest salaries in the country. The cost of living—including the $521,139 average cost of a single-family home—is 1.2x higher than the New York average and 1.4x higher than the national average. The average one-bedroom apartment runs renters around $1,700 a month. The 8.6% sales tax rate and 6.5% income tax rate also have a big impact on the cost of living.



Buying a home in Ronkonkoma gives you access to excellent healthcare. Almost all Ronkonkoma residents (97.7%) have health coverage including employee plans (66.6%), Medicaid (7.44%), Medicare (10.5%), non-group plans (12.9%), and 0. military or VA plans (0.259%). Per capita personal health care spending in the state of New York is $9,778.


Employment and economy

Ronkonkoma has an unemployment rate of 6.1% with 26.8% projected future job growth over the next ten years. Ronkonkoma is neither predominantly blue- nor white-collar but instead a town with a mixed workforce of both blue- and white-collar jobs.

The largest and most common industries are health care and social assistance, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The highest paying industries are public administration ($80,588), information ($79,792), and administrative and waste management services ($72,083).

The most common jobs are in office and administrative support, management, and sales. The most specialized industries are corporate and enterprise management, transportation and warehousing, and information.

The most specialized and highest paying jobs are in law enforcement ($106,964), architecture and engineering ($105,431), health diagnosis and treatment ($103,558), and installation, maintenance, and repair. The highest paying industries are public administration ($80,588), information ($79,792), and administrative and waste management ($72,083).



Schools and education are key factors in exploring Ronkonkoma homes for sale. Ronkonkoma residents hold high school diplomas (91%), bachelor’s degrees (25%), and some college experience but no degree (30%).

Students attend one of three school districts—Connetquot, Sachem, and Middle Country—broken down into three public elementary schools—Edith L Slocum Elementary School, Helen B Duffield Elementary School, and Cherokee Street Elementary School—Ronkonkoma Middle School, and Connetquot High School in Bohemia.


Best dining in Ronkonkoma

Boxcar Burgers LI is the old school burger joint that serves up fresh, local, and daily-prepared burgers, hot dogs, in-house cut fries, tater tots, and comfort foods.

Gino’s Pizzeria is the place to grab a quick slice and La Villetta II makes customers feel at home with plates of the finest quality Italian cuisine. Smoke Rings Barbecue creates signature barbecue with the finest quality meat and best cooking techniques.

The all-day menu at Dim Sum Chinese Kitchen features delicious, high-quality food served with love in a wide range of flavors—but it’s not the only good take-out and delivery option in town. For example, you can build your own taco box at Right Coast Taqueria for the perfect at-home date night or family meal.


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(all data current as of 5/20/2024)

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