Barnum Island, New York

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Barnum Island is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 2,487 at the 2000 census.

Barnum Island is an unincorporated area of the Town of Hempstead. Most of Barnum Island is separated from the Village of Island Park by the LIRR's rail line to Long Beach.



Barnum Island is located at 40°36′19″N 73°38′51″W / 40.60528°N 73.6475°W / 40.60528; -73.6475 (40.605203, -73.647403)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (28.24%) is water.


The island is named for clothier Peter C. Barnum and his wife Sarah Ann Baldwin Barnum. Peter, between 1851 and 1870, owned large parcels of land on Long Island. There is no connection to P.T. Barnum.

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Barnum Island has its own fire district, but is under contract with the Island Park Fire Department for emergency services. Barnum Island is included in the Island Park School District and ZIP code (11558).


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,487 people, 836 households, and 671 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,631.8 per square mile (1,021.5/km²). There were 854 housing units at an average density of 903.7/sq mi (350.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.56% White, 0.36% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.54% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.29% of the population.

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