Port Jefferson is an unincorporated community in Brookhaven, New York. A part of Long Island, this community in the harbor front is equipped with shops, cultural activities, restaurants, and a marina dock. Active adults will be sure to enjoy the beautiful town that is Port Jefferson.
Climate and Geography
Long Island lies in a humid subtropical climate zone, meaning residents of Port Jefferson can anticipate four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers, and cold winters with generally stormier conditions compared to the rest of the year. Typically, the community experiences more rain than the national average, an average amount of snowfall, and approximately 210 days of sunshine each year.
Port Jefferson is located in Brookhaven and with access to Long Island’s North Shore and South Shore. It is also near Fire Island and Great South Bay. The community is located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, along Smithtown Bay and the Long Island Sound.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of Port Jefferson’s top attractions include Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, Theater Three, Maritime Explorium, McAllister Park, Mather House Museum, Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, Pindar Vineyards Port Jefferson Store.
While there is plenty of quiet nature and quaint charm to be enjoyed on Long Island, residents who enjoy big city amenities can easily reach New York City within an hour.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Port Jefferson has a cost of living that is higher than both state and national averages.
New York has an effective income tax rate of 5.03 percent for single filers and 6.33 percent for joint filers. Most forms of retirement income are exempt from state taxes. This includes Social Security benefits, railroad retirement benefits, military pensions, as well as local, state, and federal government pensions.
Retiring homeowners may qualify for several programs like the Enhanced STAR program, which reduce the burden of property taxes if they meet age and income requirements.
Port Jefferson is near several hospitals highly ranked or with recognition for high performance. These include: Mather Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island Community Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Southside Hospital, Huntington Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Norwalk Hospital, and Plainview Hospital, which are all within a 25 mile radius. These hospitals have specialties in procedures ranging from Neurosurgery to orthopedics and everything in between.