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Shelter Island is a town in Suffolk County, in the New York metro area.
The community name is a translation of the Indian name which meant, "island sheltered by islands."
The latitude of Shelter Island is 41.068N. The longitude is -72.339W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 0 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 2,228.
Prospered as a shipbuilding center. The schooner "Paragon," which ran blockade during the Napoleonic Wars, was built here.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Shelter Island demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Suffolk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Nassau-Suffolk area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 11964 ZIP code.
17% of Shelter Island residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Shelter Island ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Shelter Island was $30,346, compared with $21,587 nationally.
43% of Shelter Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Shelter Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $703. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,350.
Libraries in Shelter Island include Shelter Island Public Library Society ... View libraries
Newspapers in Shelter Island include Shelter Island Reporter
Suffolk County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Shelter Island political report.
The average commute time for Shelter Island workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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