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Babylon, New York
Town of Babylon
Town of Babylon - Old Town Hall (1917)
Town of Babylon - Old Town Hall (1917)
Location of the Town of Babylon in New York(Suffolk County highlighted)
Location of the Town of Babylon in New York
(Suffolk County highlighted)
Babylon, New York is located in Long Island
Babylon, New York
Babylon, New York
Location in Long Island
Babylon, New York is located in the United States
Babylon, New York
Babylon, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 114.20 sq mi (295.78 km2)
 • Land 52.31 sq mi (135.48 km2)
 • Water 61.89 sq mi (160.30 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total 218,223
 • Density 4,171.7/sq mi (1,610.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 36-103-04000

The Town of Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Its population was 218,223 as of the 2020 census. Parts of Jones Beach Island, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town. It borders Nassau County to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. At its westernmost point, it is about 20 miles (32 km) from New York City at the Queens border, and about 30 miles (48 km) from Manhattan. The village of Babylon is also within the town.


The region was once called South Huntington. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, eventually calling it "New Babylon", naming it after the ancient town of Babylon around 1803. The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington.

Communities and locations


  • Amityville, in the southwest part of the town.
  • Babylon, in the southeast part of the town.
  • Lindenhurst, in the south part of the town, between villages of Babylon and Amityville.


Other communities


  • Captree Island, an island partly in the southeast part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
  • Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Gilgo Island, an island in the west end of the Great South Bay.
  • Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.


  • Cedar Beach
  • Gilgo Beach
  • Oak Beach
  • Overlook Beach

State parks

  • Belmont Lake State Park, a state park in the northeast part of the town.
  • Captree State Park, a state park partly in the southeast part of the town and adjacent to the Fire Island Inlet.
  • Gilgo State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park, a state park on Fire Island is partly in the town.


  • Fire Island Inlet, a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
  • The town was featured in the American version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay spent a week at Peter's a local Italian eatery that's now out of business.
  • Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro was born in Babylon.
  • Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York


The west town line is the border of Nassau County, New York, and the south town line is the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.2 square miles (295.7 km²), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.4 km²) of it is land and 61.9 square miles (160.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 54.20% water.



Republic Airport is an airport in East Farmingdale originally built by Fairchild Aircraft in 1927, and acquired by Republic Aviation in 1939. Currently, it also houses the American Airpower Museum. Zahn's Airport also existed in North Amityville from 1936 to 1980. Long Island Macarthur Airport is a nearby commercial city-owned airport in Ronkonkoma, with daily commercial flights.

Railroad lines

The Long Island Rail Road's Babylon Branch is the primary railroad line in the town running from the Nassau County Line and terminating in the Village of Babylon with stations from Amityville to Babylon. Rail freight service also exists along the Central Branch which also uses some Montauk Branch trains running from the Main Line in Bethpage. East of Babylon station, the Montauk Branch continues across the Babylon-Islip Town Line. Additionally, the Main Line runs through the northern part of the town with stations in Pinelawn, Wyandanch and Deer Park.

Bus service

The Town of Babylon is served primarily by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.

Major roads

  • Southern Pkwy Shield.svg Southern State Parkway
  • Robert Moses Cswy Shield.svg Robert Moses Causeway
  • Ocean Pkwy Shield.svg Ocean Parkway
  • NY-24.svg New York State Route 24
  • NY-27.svg New York State Route 27
  • NY-27A.svg New York State Route 27A
  • NY-109.svg New York State Route 109
  • NY-110.svg New York State Route 110
  • NY-231.svg New York State Route 231


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4,739
1890 6,035 27.3%
1900 7,112 17.8%
1910 9,030 27.0%
1920 11,315 25.3%
1930 19,291 70.5%
1940 24,297 25.9%
1950 45,556 87.5%
1960 142,309 212.4%
1970 204,256 43.5%
1980 203,483 −0.4%
1990 202,889 −0.3%
2000 211,792 4.4%
2010 213,603 0.9%
2020 218,223 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 211,792 people, 69,048 households, and 52,407 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,050.0 people per square mile (1,563.8/km2). There were 71,186 housing units at an average density of 1,361.3 per square mile (525.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 76.34% White, 15.65% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.36% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. 10.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 69,048 households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,064, and the median income for a family was $66,261. Males had a median income of $45,160 versus $32,062 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,844. 6.7% of the population and 4.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Notable people

  • Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
  • Tom Bohrer, Olympic rower
  • Rodney Dangerfield, comedian
  • Dan Meuser, US Representative for Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district
  • Rakim, rapper
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