2008-03-21 / Front Page

Rockaway Population Popping At Record Pace

By Nicholas Briano

Rockaway's population has exploded into the 21st century along with unprecedented growth and development throughout the peninsula.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) released its annual survey of population growth for the Rockaway Peninsula in 2006 and reports an increase of 9,048 new Rockaway residents, a record increase for one year.
An annual survey conducted by Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) shows that Rockaway's population jumped to 129,531 by the start of 2007, an increase of 9,048 people between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2007.

LIPA's survey is derived from U.S. Census Data and utility records of active residential electric meters, in order to come up with accurate representations for each of Rockaway's neighborhoods.

The Rockaway Peninsula is the only New York City neighborhood that LIPA serves. The company estimates that the  cumulative jump in population since the 2000 census in Rockaway is 25,423, an increase that is already five times larger then the population growth shown during the entire previous decade.

LIPA's survey breaks down the population numbers by Rockaway's eight constituent communities.

Edgemere is experiencing the largest population growth on the peninsula, adding nearly 4,000 new residents by the beginning of 2007.

Ignored by developers in years past, Edgemere is experiencing a revival much like Arverne, with the large-scale development of two-family homes.

Arverne grew by more than 2,000 residents, mainly due to the addition of the Arverne By The Sea development, which will feature more than 2,000 housing units when it is completed.

Rockaway Beach, which has seen modest development in the last few years, also shows growth, according to LIPA. That neighborhood has added 1,725 new residents since the start of 2006.

Far Rockaway comes next with 1,091 people added in 2006.

There are only a few neighborhoods in Rockaway that have not shown growth over the survey period

Those areas that have not seen increases, or whose increases were too small to measure, are Rockaway Point, Neponsit, Belle Harbor and Rockaway Park

Those neighborhoods had an aggregate population growth of only 425 new residents in 2006, a much smaller growth than in other areas, perhaps due to the stability of the housing stock already present.The number of yearround households in Rockaway has also increased significantly since 2000 from 36,000 households to more than 45,000 today. The size of the average household however, has held consistent at 2.72 people since the year 2000.

LIPA's survey is available at www.LIPower.org.

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