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Farmingville, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Vietnam Memorial on Bald Hill
Vietnam Memorial on Bald Hill
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)
 • Land 4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,481
 • Density 3,747/sq mi (1,447/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11738
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-25417
GNIS feature ID 0949921

Farmingville is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 15,481 at the 2010 census.

Farmingville is in the town of Brookhaven. The Brookhaven Town Hall is on the east side of Bald Hill in the community.

Sachem High School East is located in Farmingville.

History and overview

The first settlement in what is now called Farmingville occurred in the late 18th century, and was called Bald Hills and Mooney Ponds, before it eventually was called Farmingville (though the soil and hills are not good for agriculture). The Keibel Family had a 72-acre fruit and vegetable farm from 1950 till 1982. It did not have its own post office until 1950.

The home of Elijah Terry, the first teacher in the local school, was built in 1823 and sits next to the Bald Hills Schoolhouse, built in 1850. The schoolhouse is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Bald Hill, one of the highest points on Long Island, is located on the Ronkonkoma Moraine, where the glacier which formed Long Island stopped its advance. At the top of Bald Hill is Vietnam Memorial Park, which includes an obelisk-shaped monument painted red, white, and blue, which was dedicated on Nov. 11, 1991. The Bald Hill Cultural Center features the outdoor Brookhaven Amphitheater and was previously the location of a ski area from 1965-80.

Demographics of the CDP

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,458 people, 5,041 households, and 4,229 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,642.8 per square mile (1,405.9/km²). There were 5,170 housing units at an average density of 1,144.3/sq mi (441.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.9% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.5% of the population.

There were 5,041 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.51.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $69,148, and the median income for a family was $72,750. Males had a median income of $50,075 versus $31,434 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,755. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Community

Farmingville is located in central Long Island and has low crime rates.

The area is close to major transportation hubs like MacArthur Airport and Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station, although Medford station is closer. It is also accessible to the Long Island Expressway from Exit 63. Farmingville is home to Brookhaven Town Hall, Brookhaven Amphitheater, and Bald Hill. The town has a residents association involved in such community activities as planting trees and plants.

Immigrant workers

Farmingville has been a focal point of controversy regarding the situation of illegal immigrants gathering in large groups on street corners and in front of businesses. Some community members have criticized and protested the lack of immigration-law enforcement, while day laborer supporters have proposed building a hiring hall for day laborers.

Tensions increased in July 2000 after a single mother of two, Goretta Doyle, was killed by a drunk driver who police indicated was an illegal alien. The driver then skipped bail and never stood trial. Then, in 2003, four teenagers were arrested for firebombing the home of a Mexican family. The group, Sachem Quality of Life Organization, was formed in response to the influx of illegal immigrants. The dispute was the subject of a 2004 documentary, "Farmingville".


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