Long Island is used to describe the large continuous suburbs east of NYC (Suffolk and Nassau County). Long Island has an extremely high cost of living. Public transportation sucks so you must have a car to get around and the traffic is horrific! But Long Island isn't all that bad

The North Shore is mainly upper middle class and rich though there's still a lot of middle class people there. The North Shore is very preppy and WASPY and has a lot of Old Money.

The South Shore is mainly middle class to working class with some lower-income pockets. South of Montauk Ave is more affluent than the rest of the South Shore. The South Shore is kinda like a less extreme version of the 'Jersey Shore'.

The East End; there is the Hamptons and there is the North Fork. The Hamptons is generally very rich and glitzy while the North Fork is more calm and relaxed but still relatively well-off.
Bob: Where is Long Island?
Tom: It is a continuous suburb east of NYC AND NOT UPSTATE!!
by northshorepride October 14, 2011
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The Geography of Long Island

Generally, Long Island becomes less and less dense as you head east. The western border of Long Island is home to towns like Floral Park and Valley Stream, and these towns tend to have a Queens-like feel, smaller, more crowded houses.

In the middle of Nassau County, the western portion of LI, you have towns like Hicksville, Bethpage, and Levittown, famous for it's Levitt houses that were mass produced and quickly sold. Suburban and boring (no offense). In the northern-middle, there are some nice towns like Syosset, Muttontown, Brookville that are really overpriced.

To the South, you have some towns like Baldwin and Freeport that tend to have a higher crime rate. As you head East on the south shore, there are nicer towns like South Merrick and South Bellmore; however they are not really THAT nice, the people who live there just think that they're hot shit because they have an ugly Splanch on .1 acre on top of the house next to them.

To the north, you'll always have gorgeous overpriced houses in towns like Manhasset and Great Neck. The north shore mansions on the water are in places like Kings Point and Sands Point. But the north shore of Long Island is pretty much consistently nice and rich.

However, as you hit Suffolk County, the north shore towns are a bit older, like Cold Spring Harbor, Port Jefferson, Huntington Village, Northport. Very cutesy.

Once again, to the south in Suffolk...not so nice. Wyandanch, Brentwood, parts of Babylon and Bayshore, Central Islip - you don't wanna be there.

In between, there are towns like Dix Hills, Commack, Elwood, Greenlawn, Kings Park and Smithtown which are known for their good school districts. Pretty nice areas to live.

Elsewhere its a lot less dense than it is on the south shore for a while. You then hit middle Long Island, towns like Coram and Medford - big, boring, lots of small shoddy suburban housing. Mastic and Shirley on the south, pretty icky, places like Rocky Point and Shoreham to the north. Generally a depressing and bland part of Long Island.

Then it splits into two forks. At this split is a town called Riverhead. Here we are getting rural, lots of migrant farm workers, poverty, depressing oversized strip malls in the middle of nowhere with 99 cent stores.

People also don't realize that the Hamptons isn't ALL rich. There are obviously the really nice multi million dollar houses, but as you get further away from the water, its still farmland with poor illegal immigrants working and living there. On the north fork its the same thing. A lot of old cute farmhouses though. And a few gems, being nice little areas like Greenport, although I just saw on TV that they're doing a lot of drug busting there.

(by the way, hope i didn't offend anyone, but i'm sure you're all used to it)
long island is somewhat diverse despite what people think
by lawz June 16, 2006
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Okay let me set this straight... YES: Long Island has it's areas where it's many white bitches driving around in convertibles and such and yeah there are some parts with farms but NO: Not all parts of Long Island is like that.
I live in Elmont which borders Queens so YES: people who claim they are from the city are from the city and yeah some people move here to get away from the city.
Stop dissing Long Island unless you've been all around Long Island.
by Vocal Queen August 03, 2005
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long island isn't some rich stuck up white area i mean yeah there are plenty of people like that but it is really made up of the middle class and yes we are considered new yorkers because we are part of new york we arent our on state so why the hell would we be called something else everyone posting here has got to get over themselves long island is a very diverse place nassau is different from suffolk as is the south shore from the north shore ive lived in nassau and then we moved to suffolk and it is totally different place so all you people steareotypeing the whole area better get over it unless they have seen all of long island this website if for definitions not steareotyping
long island has amazing beaches and is overall a really great place to live.
by steeno July 17, 2006
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You city people are complaining that we invade you clubs and ruin them every weekend? Well then why don't you just get the hell out of the Hamptons and Fire Island b/c you crowd it and stink up our beaches every summer. You cause traffic every weekend. No one likes you.

The majority of you people who claim you are from NYC are either from one of the four boroughs that no one cares about, or from Manhattan, but you are originally from some hickass town outside of NY state in which you moved to the city to say your from NY.

Like a lot of other people have pointed out, Long Island has its rich areas and its poor areas. I live in a town on the south shore which is split: somewhat rich-middle class. The southern part of the town on the water is where kids have parents who will buy them a car, but not a fucking Porsche or Corvette...maybe a used Chevy from the early 90's. I live in the northern part of town where kids have to start working when they turn 14 if they want a decent used car by the time they are a senior in high school.
You also can't say that Long Island is ALL rich...you can't walk down the street in certain towns at night without being mugged. You NYCers should know this b/c certain Long Island towns are repeatedly on NYC news and newspapers. I would love to see some of you walk down the street in Central Islip, Brentwood, Wyandanch or Bay Shore and then we can talk about crime rates.

And if you have ever even been here, you would NOT call Long Island rural in comparison to other suburbias. Long Island has the highest population density for suburbs in the country, and you will not see any farms until you pass Patchogue, and compared to Upstate (north of the Tappenzee Bridge), it does not even come close to rural.

No one here thinks they are part of the city and we live here so we don't have to be a part of the city...you can ask ANY Long Island kid where their parents or grandparents grew up and they'll tell you the city, and obviously, they left the city for a reason.
"Let's get a huge group of us city slickers to clog up every single highway out to Long Island this weekend so we can trash the Hamptons anf Fire Island! Don't forget the sunblock!"
by likid November 12, 2006
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One of THE best places to live... only an hour from the city.. DEF not upstate for all you morons who think that.
by LI princess April 11, 2005
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I can't believe all of the things people have written here. Long Island can't be upstate solely based on that fact that is the southern-most part of New York. With that said, Most areas such as Nassau County and Western Suffolk County are not rural. Rural areas are hours from any type of city, having farms and acres of unused land. None of that is in any of these areas. I think that you people are just being defensive about where you are from. Nassau County is not an hour from the city. With traffic permitting, it is slightly over a 1/2 hour from the eastern part. I wont compare LI to Manhatten because Manhatten is Urban, but areas in queens are just as nice, and much nicer than areas on Long Island. We do have nice areas, but we also have bad areas as well. Areas like Hempstead are just the same as some parts of Queens, accept it.
stop being ignorant and labeling people from Long Island as "hicks," especially being that there are places in Nassau County that are under a mile outside of Queens.
by Joe March 07, 2005
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