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Atlantic Beach is an affluent village off the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. It is located on Long Beach Barrier Island, one of the outer barrier islands which it shares with Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach Estates, Lido Beach and Point Lookout.
As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 1,891.
During the summer months, the population swells by thousands as people flood the beaches. Atlantic Beach residents may obtain season passes and access the beaches through nine entrances.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,986 people, 766 households, and 569 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,114.8 people per square mile (1,597.5/km2). There were 954 housing units at an average density of 1,976.6 per square mile (767.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.98% White, 0.70% African American, 0.81% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97% of the population.
There were 766 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the village the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $85,122, and the median income for a family was $93,647. Males had a median income of $67,583 versus $49,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $44,035. About 3.9% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
Politically, Atlantic Beach leans Republican but only very slightly. In the 2008 presidential election Republican John McCain won Atlantic Beach over Democrat Barack Obama 52%-47%.
The Atlantic Beach Fire District is responsible for providing fire and emergency ambulance services for the majority of the village. Atlantic Beach does not have its own fire department, and contracts out fire protection to the Long Beach Fire Department, except for the Silver Point Beach Club and Sun and Surf Beach Club, which are protected by the Inwood Fire Department.
Emergency ambulance services are provided by a combination of Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad and the Long Beach Fire Department, again except for Silver Point and Sun and Surf, which are covered by the Inwood Fire Department.
Police protection is provided by the 4th Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department . The village also maintains its own small civilian security patrol.
Atlantic Beach is home to the character Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. (Sonny’s father, Don Vito Corleone, lives in neighboring Long Beach).
The 1984 Garry Marshall film The Flamingo Kid centers on a fictional beach club (based on the old El Patio beach club) set in Atlantic Beach. The film was shot on location at an actual beach club in Breezy Point on the Rockaway Peninsula.