Inside Long Island
Long Island is located at the southern tip of New York
State, just east of New York City. It stretches
approximately 120 miles east and is surrounded by the Long
Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
The region is comprised of Nassau and Suffolk counties and
is known for its high quality of life as well as its
geographical and industrial diversity. Suffolk County has
redeveloped North Fork potato fields into a burgeoning wine
region. The South Fork is known for beach towns, including
the world-renowned Hamptons, and for Montauk Point, home of
Montauk Point Lighthouse at the eastern tip of the
The Long Island Region is a magnet for commerce and industry. It is a world leader in technology development. Its close proximity to New York City and its access to national and international markets also make it ideal for service and manufacturing industries.
Area – 1,202.96 square miles
Population (2009) – 2,875,904
2009 Labor Force:1,492,800
2009 Per capita personal income: $37,639
The Long Island Expressway (I-495), Southern State and Northern State parkways as well as numerous north south highways provide access for commercial and industrial transport from airports and the Port Authority of NY-NJ. Two ferry companies provide hourly connection between Long Island and New England for passenger and commercial vehicles.
Long Island is served by two regional airports: Islip-MacArthur and Republic (general aviation) as well as by two international airports, JFK and LaGuardia.
The Long Island Railroad provides passenger and freight service east west throughout the region and to New York City.
Numerous public and private entities operate extensive bus service throughout Long Island, to New York City, and long distance.
Long Island has an extraordinary network of hospitals that is known worldwide. Among the most notable are:
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
St. Francis Hospital
Stony Brook University Hospital
Winthrop University Hospital
Nassau County Medical Center
Medical imaging and health care systems
Agriculture, including wine making and commercial fish harvesting
Colleges and Universities
Key employers in the region often cite a well-educated and productive workforce as the main reason for remaining and growing on Long Island. In 2009, Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 high schools in the nation included seven on Long Island. Higher education choices are abundant; 16 four-year and six two-year institutions offer a plethora of degrees and technical programs.
One of these intuitions, the
State University of New
York at Stony Brook, has achieved its highest ranking to
date among universities worldwide. The ranking, published in
the 2008 edition of the “Top 200 World Universities” puts
Stony Brook in the top 100 in Natural Sciences and Arts and
Humanities. SUNY at Stony Brook is home to:
Center of Excellence in Wireless Information Technology, (CEWIT)
Center for Biotechnology, a Strategically Targeted Academic Research Center (STAR) in Bio-molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTEC)
Long Island High Technology Incubator
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)
Center for Sensor Technology
These centers maintain close linkages to Long Island’s
industry clusters and provide research and development
resources and advanced training opportunities fostering
growth and ingenuity.