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Huntington, New York
Town of Huntington
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Oheka Castle, Heckscher Park, Walt Whitman's Birthplace, sunset at Centerport Harbor, the historic former Huntington Sewing & Trade School, the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Location of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York
Location of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 137.1 sq mi (355 km2)
 • Land 94.0 sq mi (243 km2)
 • Water 43.1 sq mi (112 km2)
Elevation
135 ft (41 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 203,264
 • Density 2,162/sq mi (835/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11721, 11724, 11731, 11740, 11743, 11746, 11747, 11750, 11768
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-68000
GNIS feature ID 0979498

The Town of Huntington is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Founded in 1653, it is located on the north shore of Long Island in northwestern Suffolk County, with Long Island Sound to its north and Nassau County adjacent to the west. Huntington is part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States census, the town population was 203,264.

Huntington is the only township in the United States to ban self-service gas stations at the township level. Huntington is among the few places in the U.S. where full-service gas stations are compulsory and no self-service is allowed. The entire state of New Jersey and the western-Mid Valley portion of Oregon are the only other places in the country with similar laws.

History

In 1653, three men from Oyster Bay, Richard Holbrook, Robert Williams and Daniel Whitehead, purchased a parcel of land from the Matinecock tribe. This parcel has since come to be known as the "First Purchase" and included land bordered by Cold Spring Harbor on the west, Northport Harbor on the east, what is now known as Old Country Road to the south and Long Island Sound to the north. The three men immediately turned the land over to the white settlers who had already been living there.

George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Street, Huntington, Long Island, May 1907.
George Bradford Brainerd. Street, Huntington, Long Island, May 1907. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative. Brooklyn Museum.
George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Street, Huntington, Long Island, ca. 1872-1887.
George Bradford Brainerd. Street, Huntington, Long Island, ca. 1872–1887. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative. Brooklyn Museum.

From that initial settlement, Huntington grew over subsequent years to include all of the land presently comprising the modern Towns of Huntington and Babylon. The southern part of the town was formally separated to create Babylon in 1872.

Because Huntington was populated largely by English settlers, unlike the rest of the New Amsterdam colony, the town voted in 1660 to become part of the Connecticut colony rather than remain under the authority of New Amsterdam. It was not until the British gained control of New Amsterdam in 1664 (renaming it New York) that Huntington was formally restored to the jurisdiction of New York.

Following the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War, British troops used Huntington as their headquarters, and remained encamped there until the end of the war.

The arrival of the Long Island Rail Road in 1867 transformed the economy of Huntington from primarily agriculture and shipping (based on its well protected harbor) to tourism and commuting. Cold Spring Harbor became a popular summer resort.

The end of World War II brought about an explosive growth of population in Huntington, as in the rest of the region. Farms and resorts gave way to homes, and Huntington has transformed into a major bedroom community for nearby New York City.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 3,260
1800 3,894 19.4%
1810 4,424 13.6%
1820 4,935 11.6%
1830 5,582 13.1%
1840 6,562 17.6%
1850 7,481 14.0%
1860 8,924 19.3%
1870 10,704 19.9%
1880 8,098 −24.3%
1890 8,277 2.2%
1900 9,483 14.6%
1910 12,004 26.6%
1920 13,893 15.7%
1930 25,582 84.1%
1940 31,768 24.2%
1950 47,506 49.5%
1960 126,221 165.7%
1970 200,172 58.6%
1980 201,512 0.7%
1990 191,474 −5.0%
2000 195,289 2.0%
2010 203,264 4.1%
2016 (est.) 203,236 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Huntington, NY
Data source Population White Black Asian Native Americans Pacific Islanders Hispanic/Latino Other Two or more races
2000 Census 195,289 88.31% 4.22% 3.50% 0.13% 0.02% 6.58% 2.27% 1.55%
2010 Census 203,264 84.15% 4.68% 4.96% 0.20% 0.02% 11.00% 3.89% 2.10%

As of the census of 2000, there were 195,289 people, 65,917 households, and 52,338 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,078.4 people per square mile (802.5/km2). There were 67,708 housing units at an average density of 720.6 per square mile (278.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town in 2000 was 88.31% White, 4.22% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.27% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.58% of the population. As of the census of 2010, the racial makeup of the town was 84.15% White, 4.68% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 4.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.89% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.00% of the population.

There were 65,917 households, out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $102,865, and the median income for a family was $113,119. Males had a median income of $61,748 versus $40,825 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,390. About 2.9% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture

  • Huntington is the town in which the American sitcom Growing Pains supposedly takes place. However, Robin Hood Lane, the street address of the Seaver family's home, is fictional. The show's creator, Neal Marlens, grew up in Huntington.
  • The Village of Northport was mentioned in episode 6 of the 2012 NBC drama series Smash.
  • Oheka Castle in Huntington was featured in the music video for Taylor Swift's 2014 single "Blank Space". It also acts as a Hamptons estate in the Royal Pains television series.
  • The Jon Megaris hair salon in Huntington was used as a filming location for the 2015 film Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • Several episodes of the USA television series Royal Pains were filmed at West Neck Beach in Huntington.

Communities and locations

Villages (incorporated)

Hamlets (unincorporated)

Transportation

Railroad lines

The Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch serves the town's vicinity, and uses stations between Cold Spring Harbor through Northport. Huntington is the eastern terminus of electrification along the Port Jefferson Branch.

Bus service

The Town of Huntington is served primarily by Huntington Area Rapid Transit bus routes, though some routes from Suffolk County Transit also serve the town.

Major roads

See also: List of county routes in Suffolk County, New York
  • I-495.svg Interstate 495 is the Long Island Expressway, and the sole interstate highway in the Town of Huntington, with interchanges from part of Exit 48 in West Hills on the Nassau-Suffolk County Line to Exit 52 in Commack.
  • Northern Pkwy Shield.svg Northern State Parkway
  • NY-25A.svg New York State Route 25A
  • NY-25.svg New York State Route 25
  • Old Country Road
  • NY-108.svg New York State Route 108
  • NY-110.svg New York State Route 110
  • NY-231.svg New York State Route 231
  • Suffolk County 2.svg County Route 2 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • Suffolk County 3.svg County Route 3 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • Suffolk County 35.svg County Route 35 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • Suffolk County 67.svg County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), includes the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway.

Economy

Sbarro's headquarters were located in Melville in the Town of Huntington until 2015.

Around 2002, Swiss International Air Lines's North American headquarters moved from Melville to Uniondale, Town of Hempstead. The facility, the former Swissair North American headquarter site, was completed in 1995. Swissair intended to own, instead of lease, its headquarters site. It enlisted architect Richard Meier to design the Melville facility.

In 1997, Aer Lingus announced that it was moving its North American headquarters from Manhattan to Melville; James Lyndon, a spokesperson for the airline, said that the company moved to Long Island in an effort to reduce costs, as leasing costs are lower on Long Island than in Manhattan. The move would transfer 75 employees, including administrative personnel, marketing personnel, sales personnel, and telephone reservation agents. The airline planned to move on June 15, 1997. The airline had also considered sites in Boston and in Westchester, New York.

Top employers

According to Huntington's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Huntington Hospital 2,000
2 Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2,000
3 Canon 1,800
4 Estée Lauder 1,500
5 Henry Schein 1,400
6 Western Suffolk BOCES 1,317
7 Newsday 1,228
8 Marchon Eyewear 1,055
9 Town of Huntington 702
10 BAE Systems Inc. 650

Education

Colleges and universities

Huntington is home to two universities and colleges, including:

  • Five Towns College in Dix Hills
  • Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

Elementary and high schools

  • Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School
  • Goosehill Primary School
  • Lloyd Harbor School
  • Commack High School
  • Commack Middle School
  • Burr Intermediate School
  • Sawmill Intermediate School
  • Rolling Hills Primary School
  • North Ridge Primary School
Note: Some schools in the Commack School District are located in the Town of Smithtown.
  • John Glenn High School 
  • Elwood Middle School 
  • James H. Boyd Intermediate School 
  • Harley Avenue Primary School 
  • Half Hollow Hills High School East
  • Half Hollow Hills High School West
  • West Hollow Middle School
  • Candlewood Middle School
  • Otsego Elementary School
  • Paumanok Elementary School
  • Signal Hill Elementary School
  • Sunquam Elementary School
  • Vanderbilt Elementary School
  • Harborfields High School
  • Oldfield Middle School
  • Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School
  • Washington Drive Primary School
  • Huntington High School
  • J. Taylor Finley Middle School
  • Woodhull Intermediate School
  • Jack Abrams Intermediate School
  • Flower Hill Primary School
  • Jefferson Primary School
  • Southdown Primary School
  • Washington Primary School
  • Northport High School
  • East Northport Middle School
  • Northport Middle School
  • 5th Avenue Elementary School
  • Pulaski Rd Elementary School
  • Bellerose Elementary School
  • Dickinson Elementary School
  • Norwood Elementary School
  • Ocean Ave Elementary School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Henry L. Stimson Middle School (with 6th grade at Silas Wood Center)
  • Birchwood Intermediate School
  • Maplewood Intermediate School
  • Countrywood Primary School
  • Oakwood Primary School
  • St. Patrick's School
  • St. Anthony's High School
  • Upper Room Christian School

Notable people

  • Jason Alexander, actor
  • Wendy Andreiev (Wendy Wild), lead vocalist in the 1980s for several New York–based bands
  • Al Arbour, lived in Cold Spring Harbor during his coaching career with the New York Islanders; moved in 1999, some years after his retirement
  • Ian Matthias Bavitz (Aesop Rock), hip-hop, rap artist
  • Joe Bendik, professional goalkeeper for Orlando City.
  • Robert Bendiner, journalist, editor, and author
  • Judith S. Bloch, a LCSW and activist in the field of early childhood education
  • Brian Bloom, actor who previously lived in Dix Hills
  • Bob Bourne, former New York Islanders player
  • Stephen Bowen, Dallas Cowboys defensive end; lived in Dix Hills through high school
  • Christie Brinkley, model
  • Brendan B. Brown, lead vocalist for the band Wheatus
  • Anthony G. Brown, U.S. House member and former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
  • Edwin G. Burrows, won 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History for the book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
  • Greg Buttle, former NFL football player for the New York Jets
  • Peter Calandra, Broadway, movie, and television pianist/composer
  • Mariah Carey, singer-songwriter, born and raised in Centerport, New York, she graduated from Harborfields High School in 1987.
  • Alexandra Carter, academic, mediator, media personality, negotiation trainer and author
  • Harry Chapin, singer-songwriter and humanitarian
  • John Coltrane, famed jazz saxophonist and composer, who lived in Dix Hills during the last years of his life
  • Gerry Cooney, former heavyweight boxer
  • Bob Costas, sportscaster
  • Anthony Cumia, former co-host of XM Satellite Radio program Opie and Anthony, current host of The Anthony Cumia Show
  • Cornelius H. DeLamater, industrialist, and owner of Eaton's Neck
  • Alice G. Dewey, anthropologist
  • Marlene Dietrich, actress and singer
  • James L. Dolan, Cablevision CEO; graduated in 1974 from Cold Spring Harbor High School
  • Harry E. Donnell, noted architect, and Eaton's Neck estate owner
  • Arthur Dove, artist
  • Adam Ebbin, Virginia House of Delegates member
  • Edie Falco, Broadway, movie, and television actress best known for her role as Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos
  • Alison Fanelli, actress best known for the role on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete
  • Greg Fox, nationally syndicated comic strip artist/writer (His comic Kyle's Bed & Breakfast takes place in Northport)
  • Mark Gastineau, defensive end for the New York Jets; lived in Huntington Bay in the 1980s
  • Andrew Geller, architect
  • Adam Gertler, Food Network chef
  • Clark Gillies, former New York Islanders hockey player
  • Jackie Gleason, comedian who spent many summers in Asharoken
  • Rube Goldberg, cartoonist
  • Don Goldstein, All American and Pan American champion basketball player
  • George Grosz, artist
  • Leroy Grumman
  • Tom Gugliotta, former NBA player
  • Julie Halston, actress and comedian
  • Jupiter Hammon
  • Sean Hannity, talk show and Fox News host
  • John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University
  • Pete Harnisch, Major League pitcher
  • Mel Harris, actress
  • Tobias Harris, NBA player
  • Melissa Joan Hart, actress, writer, director, producer, singer, and businesswoman
  • Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood, the ship's master of the Exxon Valdez at the time of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson, television actress best known for her role as twin sisters Frankie and Maggie Stone on All My Children.
  • Ron Hextall, former NHL goalie
  • John Sloss Hobart, owner of Eaton's Neck, and U.S. Senator; namesake of the Town's "Hobart Beach" in Eaton's Neck
  • Bill and Bunny Hoest, co-creators of The Lockhorns
  • Chris Hogan, NFL wide receiver two-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots.
  • Gregg (Opie) Hughes
  • "Cousin" Sal Iacono, comedian and writer
  • Kasper Idland, Norwegian resistance fighter and SOE agent
  • Amy Ignatow, author and illustrator, The Popularity Papers
  • Steve Israel, U.S. Representative (D-N.Y.)
  • Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), used to live in Dix Hills
  • Billy Joel, singer
  • Jenny Kallur, Swedish World Championships finalist in 100-meter hurdles; born in Huntington
  • Susanna Kallur, Swedish World Indoor record holder in the 60-meter hurdles; born in Huntington
  • Darius Kasparaitis, former NHL ice hockey player for the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers.
  • Jack Kerouac, novelist and writer commonly credited as a major catalyst for the 1960s counterculture movement.
  • Pat LaFontaine, professional hockey player
  • Fiorello La Guardia, famed former mayor of New York City
  • Charles Lindbergh, aviator
  • Lindsay Lohan, spent a portion of her childhood and teen years in Cold Spring Harbor. She attended Cold Spring Harbor High School until her Sophomore year of high school
  • Allie Long, professional soccer player
  • Carey Lowell, actor; James Bond film Licence to Kill; Law & Order character Jamie Ross, 1996–2001
  • Charles Ludlam, actor, playwright and founder of the Theater of the Ridiculous in New York City, grew up in Greenlawn and graduated from Harborfields High School.
  • Patti Lupone, Tony Award-winning broadway and television actress, best known for her role as Eva Peron in Evita; raised in Northport
  • John Macaluso, drummer
  • Ralph Macchio, actor (The Karate Kid); raised in Dix Hills
  • Ashley Massaro, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Diva
  • Eddie McGee, Big Brother winner
  • Chris Messina, television actor, best known for his role as Ted Fairwell on Six Feet Under
  • Dina Meyer, actress
  • Dan Milano, television writer and voice actor best known as the co-creator of the show Greg the Bunny
  • Paul Steven Miller, commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1994–2004); Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law (2004–present); Special Assistant to President Obama (2009)
  • Richard P. Mills Lt. General (ret), USMC 1975–2015
  • Eric Milnes (born 1959), harpsichordist, organist and conductor
  • Bruce Morrison, former U.S. Congressman from Connecticut; grew up in Northport and attended Northport High School
  • Jim Neu (1943–2010), playwright
  • Daniel O'Donnell, New York State Assembly member
  • Rosie O'Donnell, former talk show host and LGBT rights activist, raised in Commack
  • Eugene O'Neill, playwright, in 1931
  • Steve Park, NASCAR driver
  • Laura Pergolizzi
  • Todd Phillips, filmmaker known for The Hangover
  • Mary Pickford, actress
  • Randy Rainbow, comedian and singer, born in and grew up in Huntington until he was ten
  • Gretchen Rau, Academy Award-winning motion picture set decorator
  • Sarah Reinertsen, leg amputee and athlete who set many world records
  • Alia Sabur, youngest professor in history
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, written at Delamater-Bevin Mansion in Asharoken in 1942
  • Paul Scheer, actor and podcast host
  • John Scurti, television actor best known for his role as Kenny Shea on Rescue Me
  • Craig Ricci Shaynak, television character actor
  • Cindy Sherman, photographer
  • David F. Schmitz, history professor at Whitman College
  • Dee Snider, front man for rock band Twisted Sister
  • David Spergel, theoretical astrophysicist and MacArthur Fellow; presently a professor at Princeton University known for his work on the WMAP mission and chair of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council
  • Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of State under Herbert Hoover, Secretary of War under William Howard Taft and again for Franklin D. Roosevelt throughout World War II
  • Brandon Sutter, NHL player for the Vancouver Canucks
  • Ruth Ann Swenson, opera singer
  • Wally Szczerbiak, NBA basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers; attended Cold Spring Harbor High School
  • Evan Thomas, journalist; editor and author; grew up in Cold Spring Harbor
  • Randall Tolson, craftsman and clockmaker; known for a series of highly collectible memorial clocks; lived in Cold Spring Harbor until he died in 1954
  • Richard D. Veltri, mechanical engineer and Connecticut state legislator; was born in Huntington
  • Ryan Vesce, player for the San Jose Sharks in the NHL, grew up in Lloyd Harbor, adjacent to Cold Spring Harbor, and attended Cold Spring Harbor High School
  • Wesley Walker, former Jets wide receiver
  • James D. Watson, Nobel Prize winner, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, and former Chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Jim Wetherbee (born 1952), astronaut
  • Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay and 2010 California gubernatorial candidate; grew up in Lloyd Harbor, adjacent to Cold Spring Harbor, and attended Cold Spring Harbor High School, graduating in 1973
  • Walt Whitman, poet
  • Judd Winick, writer/artist from MTV's The Real World San Francisco (former)
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