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Hauppauge, New York
H. Lee Dennison Suffolk County Executive Building with a monument to war dogs
H. Lee Dennison Suffolk County Executive Building with a monument to war dogs
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
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Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 10.8 sq mi (28.1 km2)
 • Land 10.7 sq mi (27.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
62 ft (19 m)
 • Total 20,882
 • Density 1,925/sq mi (743.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11749, 11760, 11788
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-32732
GNIS feature ID 0952381

Hauppauge ( HOP-og) is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the towns of Islip and Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 20,882 at the time of the 2010 census.


Hauppauge is located at 40°49′6″N 73°12′25″W / 40.81833°N 73.20694°W / 40.81833; -73.20694 (40.818205, -73.206878). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.1 km2), of which 10.7 square miles (27.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 1.37%, is water. The name comes from the Native American word for "sweet waters." Local Native American tribes would get their fresh drinking water from this area, instead of near Lake Ronkonkoma where the water was not drinkable. Hauppauge is known for the underground water springs and high underground water table.


According to the historian Simeon Wood, the first house in greater Hauppauge dates to 1731, being located on what would be the Arbuckle Estate, and later the southeast corner of the Hauppauge Industrial Park, near the intersection of Motor Parkway and Old Willets Path. The settlement of Hauppauge proper commenced with the family of Thomas Wheeler prior to 1753, at the present-day location of the Wave gas station between Townline and Wheeler Road. The locale would take the Wheelers' name as its own until the 1860s when the name Hauppauge was restored. On March 13, 1806, "a meeting of the male members of the Methodist Society of the 'Haupogues' was convened at the School House agreeable to public notice for the express purpose of Incorporating and Electing Trustees for said Society." The first trustees elected at the meeting presided by Timothy Wheeler and Issac Wheeler were Issac Nichols, Elkanah Wheeler, George Wheeler, and Samuel Brush. They were known as the "Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Congregation of the Haupogues". In 1812 the Hauppauge Methodist Church that stands today was constructed on land donated by the Wheeler family.

Hauppauge gained significance as a waypoint on the King's Highway, laid out by the colonial legislature of New York in 1702. The present-day right of way departs westward from Route 111 as Conklin's Road or Half Mile Road, passing St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church before terminating at the border between Smithtown and Islip. Hauppauge was effectively split between the towns of Smithtown and Islip in 1798 with the survey of New Highway, or what is now known as Townline Road (County Route 76).


As of the census of 2010, there were 20,882 people, 7,333 households, and 5,623 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,900.0 per square mile (740.0/km2). There were 7,566 housing units at an average density of 700.6/sq mi (270.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.2% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.1% of the population.

There were 7,333 households, out of which 36% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.25.

The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males.

According to a 2015 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $105,305, and the median income for a family was $120,044. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,499. About 2.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Hauppauge Industrial Park

The Hauppauge Industrial Park, located at the edge of the hamlet, is the largest on Long Island, and by some accounts the second largest in the nation. The park has more than 1,000 companies and employs over 55,000 people. The companies in the industrial park provide tax revenue to the Hauppauge school district's budget.

Starting in 1936 the current site of the Hauppauge Industrial Park housed a radio communication facility operated first by Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company (owned by Clarence Mackay) and later by ITT Corporation. The radio facility, which specialized in transmissions to and from Europe, South America, and ships at sea, closed in 1986 but is memorialized on-site by Wireless Blvd.


Hauppauge Palace Diner
Hauppauge Palace Diner, on Smithtown Bypass

Royal Apparel's headquarters are located here since 1992, producing American-made apparel here amongst several other east-coast locations. In May 2000, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill opened an office in Hauppauge. The 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) office is located on the second floor of the 1300 Veterans Memorial Highway building. Carl Galioto, the head of the company's technical division, stated that it opened the office because it had difficulty hiring New York City-area recruits. The location was established to attract professionals who would have otherwise been required to commute. Voxx International, a consumer electronics company, and Dime Community Bank are also headquartered here.

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