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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.


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Median household income
Local
$53,011
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Shelter Island demographic reports
Shelter Island is an island between the North and South Forks.
The town encompasses the village of Dering Harbor and the communities of Shelter Island and Shelter Island Heights.
Once a plantation worked by slaves.

Prospered as a shipbuilding center. The schooner "Paragon," which ran blockade during the Napoleonic Wars, was built here.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Faith Baldwin, romance writer
· Leon Uris, author
Wildlife: Mashomack Preserve

Historic sites and museums: Havens House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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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.

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43% of Shelter Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Shelter Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $703.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,350.


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Libraries in Shelter Island include Shelter Island Public Library Society ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Shelter Island include Shelter Island Reporter

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Suffolk County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Shelter Island political report.

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The average commute time for Shelter Island workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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