Fast Facts of Port Washington, NY

Port Washington is a census designated place on a peninsula along Nassau County on the North Shore of Long Island in New York. It is a small town with beautiful parks, fine dining, museums, theaters, great shopping and outdoor recreational activities. It is located just 17 miles from New York City.


  • Total population statistics as of the United States 2010 census was 15, 846.
  • Dominant race is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.
  • The most common language spoken in Port Washington is English.


  • Port Washington has a total area of 5.6 square miles of which, 4.2 square miles of it is land and 1.4 square miles of it is water.
  • The probability of natural disasters in Nassau County is greater than the U.S. average. Port Washington area is historically prone to earth quakes and tornadoes.
  • Beaches in Port Washington – North Hempstead Beach/Bar Beach, Manorhaven Beach and Hempstead Harbor Beach.


  • General climate of Port Washington is hot.
  • Best time to visit the town is June and September.

History & Culture

  • Port Washington was once the home of the Matinecock Indians, who called the town “Sin. Sink” which means place of many stones. Later, in 17th century Dutch traders and English farmers acquired the land and called it “Cow Neck”.
  • In the mid of nineteenth century Port Washington had become a big industry in sand mining for its fine quality in sand.
  • Port Washington is an unincorporated town with five villages, Sands Point, Manorhaven, Port Washington North, Baxter Estates and Flower Hill which are directly governed by the Town of North Hempstead.
  • There are many fairs, musical concerts, plays and festivals that take place every year in Port Washington.


  • The median household income in 2009 was $109,340.646.
  • Estimated per capita income in 2009 was $53,313.
  • Cost of living index in Port Washington: 161.9, which is higher than the U.S. Average.
  • Unemployment rate of Port Washington in March 2012 was 6.7%.
  • Most common occupation of Port Washington’s residents work in management, sales representatives, top executives and lawyers.
  • NPD Group, Systemax and Publishers Clearing House are industries settled in Port Washington.

Famous for

  • Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grill is an old restaurant situated on the shores of Manhasset Bay. They serve a wide range of seafood dishes, steak, tuna, crab cakes and much more.
  • Some of the famous tourist places in Port Washington are: Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, Polish American Museum, Pride of Cow Bay Nautical Museum and Sands Point Preserve.
  • Brewer Capri Marina is situated on the banks of Manhasset Bay, in Port Washington. The marine offers world class yacht services.

Few quick facts you need to know when you are traveling to this city:

  • Common mode of transportation to work is: 58% of commuters drive their own cars, 24% take public transportation and 7% carpool with others. The average one-way commute in Port Washington, NY, takes 40 minutes.
  • Zip codes: 11050, 11051, 11052, 11053, 11054, 11055.
  • Crime rate in Port Washington is less than the U.S. average.
  • Nearest airport: LaGuardia Airport, Westchester County Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Amtrak stations are within 30 miles of Port Washington.
  • Major cities around Port Washington: New Rochelle, Franklin Square, Elmont, Hempstead and Mount Vernon.
  • Hotels and restaurants in Port Washington: Rosyln Claremont Hotel, The Andrew Hotel, Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab, Mediterranean cafe, DiMaggio’s Seafood and Grill.