Shirley, New York

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Shirley is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, Shirley population was 26,395.

It is named for developer Walter T. Shirley who had the vision in the 1950s to turn the area on Mastic Bay into an affordable enclave. Shirley's company priced its 4,000 four-room homes starting at $4,700, and lots were priced at $295.[1]

Shirley is a community in the Town of Brookhaven, on the South Shore of Long Island.

Shirley is served by the Mastic–Shirley Long Island Rail Road station (the station was a compromise when both Mastic and Shirley campaigned for it).

The 7th Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department is located in Shirley.

Most of Shirley, the southern part, is served by the William Floyd School District. The northern part is served by the Longwood Central School District.



Shirley is located at 40°47′49″N 72°52′16″W / 40.79694°N 72.87111°W / 40.79694; -72.87111 (40.796914, -72.871020)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.7 km²), of which, 11.1 square miles (28.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (2.88%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 26,395 people, 7,353 households, and 6,176 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,282.5 per square mile (881.0/km²). There were 7,774 housing units at an average density of 698.7/sq mi (269.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.69% White, 3.33% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.82% of the population.

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