East Moriches, New York

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East Moriches is a hamlet ( and census-designated place ) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 4,550 at the 2000 census.

East Moriches is in the Town of Brookhaven.

The name Moriches comes from Meritces, a Native American who owned land on Moriches Neck.[1]



East Moriches is located at 40°48′23″N 72°45′24″W / 40.80639°N 72.75667°W / 40.80639; -72.75667 (40.806287, -72.756735)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²), of which, 5.4 square miles (14.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.68%) is water. East Moriches has an elementary school, recently built, as well as a middle school. Once a student is in 8th grade, they may chose between three high schools; Westhampton Beach, Center Moriches, and Eastport-South Manor. In 2006 the school budget failed, and the school was put on to austerity budget, or a budget controlled by the state. The East Moriches Booster club raised enough money to give the school sports teams and clubs. East Moriches is also commonly referred to as EMO by the locals.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,550 people, 1,510 households, and 1,182 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 836.3 per square mile (322.9/km²). There were 1,668 housing units at an average density of 306.6/sq mi (118.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.55% White, 1.58% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.45% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.16% of the population.

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