Melville was first known as Samuel Ketcham's Valley in the 17th century, after one of the area's early residents.

Welcome to Melville

Beautiful town centered in Long Island

Melville was first known as Samuel Ketcham's Valley in the 17th century, after one of the area's early residents. Sweet Hollow is thought to have been named because of the enormous population of honey bees and wild honey found in the hollows of trees in the area. According to school records, the name was changed to Melville in 1854, most likely derived from the Latin word "mel," which means "honey."
Melville is currently a thriving business, industry, tourist attraction, and family destination. It didn't start out that way, like many other places on Long Island. Melville has a long and illustrious history, which draws hundreds of visitors, businesses, and inhabitants.

What to Love

  • Centrally located on Long Island
  • Great quality public schools and private schools
  • Calm and quiet area
  • Lots of local and fresh produce

Local Lifestyle

This area is pretty calm and quiet for residents. It is surrounded by major towns and villages with a diverse population. The inhabitants are kind, and the little stores are run by families, yet large corporations are moving in. Everything is also very close in proximity to Melville. 
A few Melville farms continue to draw visitors and locals from all over Long Island. These farms, both large and small, provide customers with the opportunity to buy locally grown plants and food, as well as freshly baked items. In addition, they provide a variety of seasonal activities and events.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Melville has transformed from potato farms into a plethora of huge corporate offices and smaller businesses. There are a number of retail shops and restaurants around the area that are conveniently close by. There are plenty of delicious eateries to try out in Melville. If you have a taste for creative Latin and Italian food, check out The Refuge. This location is a restaurant, lounge, and bar all in one, decorated in seasonal decor. Then, there is Bijou which has spectacular dining areas and a large bar where visitors can enjoy excellent discussion and good moments. For a robust take on an Italian Steakhouse, One10 has a menu full of delicious cuisine including their prime dry-aged steaks, hand-made pastas, and Italian favorites, as well as Pat LaFrieda burgers, chops, and the freshest seafood.
Go on a shopping spree at Melville Mall which is a grocery-anchored power center located at the crossroads of Long Island's Northern State Parkway and Route 110/Walt Whitman Road in Melville, New York. This mall, which features Dick's Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Marshall's, and Macy's Backstage, has 4.5 parking spots per 1,000 square feet and is home to the newest Uncle Giuseppe's grocery shop.

Things to Do

The town of Melville is home to numerous beautiful local parks and trails. Go for a relaxing walk through Sweet Hollow Park or participate in a fun baseball game held at William Kessler Park. Discover Colonial Springs Golf Club, one of Long Island's top private golf courses. Colonial Springs Club offers 27 holes of championship golf, excellent practice facilities, and superb club dining to its members. For its premiere golf course and dynamic tennis program, Cold Spring Country Club is considered a hidden jewel in Long Island and is definitely worth the visit.
If you’re looking for fun fall activities, White Post Farms of Melville annually hosts fun family-friendly activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides & farm animals, along with some great eats.


Melville is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: 
  • West Hollow Middle School, 6-8, top-rated middle school
  • Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, 9-12, highly-rated high school
  • Walt Whitman Elementary, K-5, top-rated public school
  • Candlewood Middle School, 6-8, highly-rated middle school

Overview for Melville, NY

18,561 people live in Melville, where the median age is 51 and the average individual income is $68,625. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

51 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Melville, NY

Melville has 7,159 households, with an average household size of 2.55. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Melville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,561 people call Melville home. The population density is 1,532.57 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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45.76 / 54.24%

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Schools in Melville, NY

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The following schools are within or nearby Melville. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Sunquam Elementary School
K - 5th
Crestwood Country Day School
PreK - K
No rating available
West Hollow Middle School
6th - 8th
Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center
3rd - 12th
No rating available

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