Here are some facts about Long Island, where I call home:
Long Island is 118 miles long and 18-20 miles wide at its widest point.
Population (all four counties: Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings) 7,448,618. Thats 5,470 people per square mile!!!
The population for just Nassau and Suffolk Counties (the two counties that are actually considered Long Island, because Kings a/k/a Brooklyn and Queens are actually part of New York City): 2.7 million.
Long Island is more populated than 97 countries of the world!!
Long Island is the most populated island in any US state or territory. It is also the 17th most populous island in the world, ahead of Ireland, Jamaica and the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Nassau County is ranked fifth highest in income per capita in the entire country.
Nassau County, according to the 2000 Census, is the third richest county per capita in New York State, and the thirtieth richest in the nation. If it were an independent nation, it would rank as the 96th most populated nation, falling between Switzerland and Israel.
Median Long Island Home Price: In Excess of $400,000
In 2001, the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute reported that Long Island had the highest cost of living/income index in the country.
The average property tax bill for an average size home is between $8,000 and $16,000 a year... that's just the property tax, folks... no mortgage is included in those numbers. In fact, Nassau County has the second highest property taxes in the United States.
The average electric bill for a standard 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is over $300 per month, without air conditioning or holiday lights.
If you combined all the fire and rescue vehicles, Long Island has more than New York City gand Los Angeles COMBINED!
According to Forbes Magazine, the most expensive home in North America is Three Ponds Estate in Bridgehampton, valued at $75 million.
The Nassau County jail has been probed by the Federal government for prisoner abuses, including death.
So why am I staying? Highest cost of living, second hightest property tax, and traffic... oh, did I forget to mention the traffic? 5,470 people per square mile all getting to and from work, I suppose, to pay for all of this.
In September 1998, a small tornado hit Lynbrook, Long Island; in August 1999, an F-2 tornado hit Mattituck, Long Island; in August 2005, a tornado hit Glen Cove, Long Island; one year later in August, 2006, a tornado hit Massapequa in Nassau County; and on July 18, 2007, a tornado hit Islip Terrace.
Long Island: the only place you have to be rich to be poor.
Sometimes, though, its easier to deal with the devil you know than the one you don't. Oh, matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! Find me a town, where i can be a paramedic, where i can give my children more opportunities in life than I ever had myself, where i can life in relative security, where medical care is top notch and cutting-edge. Find me a place where I can discern the difference between what I am here to do and what I would like to do while I am here. Can any of you tell me why I'm doing this all on Long Island? Hope you can help me figure it out. In the meantime, I will be trying to save some lives. The more people are alive the more chance I have to come up with answers.