6.9 out of 10

Rockville Centre

40.6702163862114 -73.6360030821736
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Shopping, dining, nightlife, and great schools"

Rockville Centre is an active incorporated village sitting along the South Shore in Nassau County. Its population is 24,000. The area is known for excellent schools, great shopping and dining, and a strong community atmosphere.

Residents have several recreational opportunities through both the village and the Town of Hempstead. The village runs a recreation center, which can be rented for birthday parties. During the summer, children can attend Lego camp and choose from a large variety of other programs. Programs for adults and seniors are also held year-round. Morgan Days Park has sports facilities and a playground. New baseball fields were recently constructed at Hickey Field. Though Rockville Centre is not located directly on the water, it enjoys relatively easy access to the Town of Hempstead beaches, which include Point Lookout and Lido Beach. Jones Beach State Park is about a half hour away. In addition to parks, golf enthusiasts will be interested in Rockville Country Club, a members-only golf course with 18 holes, built in 1925
Peninsula Boulevard, which leads to the Southern State Parkway, is the main way into and out of Rockville Centre, though Sunrise Highway cuts across the village’s midsection. Residents can meet most of their shopping needs locally, along Sunrise, Merrick Road or North Park Avenue. There are several fitness centers and numerous restaurants, which draw people from nearby towns. Dining choices range from casual to upscale across a variety of cuisines.

The Rockville Centre school district is a major draw for house hunters. The district educates approximately 3,500 students. South Side High School was recently ranked #22 in the nation and #2 in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Newsweek magazine has also favorably rated the high school. The high school offers the International Baccalaureate program, a rigorous, multi-disciplinary course of study for juniors and seniors. Greenhouse, an alternative program, provides additional support to struggling students.

Train commuters can catch the LIRR at the Rockville Centre station. Travel time to Penn Station is about forty minutes. Residents and non-residents can obtain permits to park at the station.

Since Rockville Centre is an incorporated village, residents pay additional taxes to fund services. Homes are available at several price points, making it possible for first-time buyers to trade up while remaining in the village.
  • High taxes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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