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Fire Island is in Suffolk County, in the New York metro area.
One theory says the name derives from signal fires set on the beach; another says it stems from a mapmaker's incorrectly writing "fire" instead of "five," for the five islands in the area
The latitude of Fire Island is 40.647N. The longitude is -73.146W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 310.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Fire 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 11770 ZIP code.
17% of Fire Island residents report German ancestry, and 19% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fire Island ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fire Island was $43,681, compared with $21,587 nationally.
40% of Fire Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Fire Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $513. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,922.
Suffolk County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fire Island political report.
The average commute time for Fire Island workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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