Patchogue, New York, Village Information and Higher Education Facts

Patchogue, New York, is a village in Suffolk County on Long Island. While just two colleges are located in Patchogue, several institutions of higher learning that offer undergraduate and graduate programs can be found nearby. Read on to learn more about the village, its employment options and postsecondary schools.

Information about Patchogue

Patchogue, a village of 12,364 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census data, is in Brookhaven, a community in the eastern portion of Long Island. The majority of residents - 76.2% based on 2010 census data - are white, while 29.6% are Hispanic and 5.8% are African American. The median household income in the village is $70,035.

Built on the shores of the Patchogue River, the village has several historic structures dating from as far back as the 1850s, a harbor and a downtown shopping area. An arts council, theater and library can be found here. The village has various parks, recreational facilities and numerous sports leagues, holiday parades and recreation programs. Fire Island National Seashore, a popular weekend destination, is nearby. New York City lies approximately 50 miles to the west.

Higher Education

Patchogue has two schools, including Eastern Suffolk BOCES' practical nursing program and the Long Island campus of Saint Joseph's College. Saint Joseph's College is a private Christian school that offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The surrounding area is home to Suffolk County Community College, Dowling College and Stony Brook University. Suffolk County Community College is the largest school in a 20-mile radius of Patchogue. It offers associate's degree and certificate programs to about 26,600 students, while Stony Brook enrolls about 24,600 students.

Meanwhile, the greater New York City area, an hour's commute to the west, hosts well-known institutions of higher learning, such as New York University, Columbia University and the Juilliard School.


The highest median annual income, as of 2014 census estimates, was in the field of finance and insurance, at $127,891. The sector of information had a median annual wage of $100,268, while educational services was at $70,486. Due to its proximity, some Patchogue residents commute to Manhattan for work.

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