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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
 • 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 EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP codes 11721, 11724, 11731, 11740, 11743, 11746, 11747, 11750, 11768
Area code(s) 631
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 United States 2010 Census, the town population was 203,264.


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.


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%
Est. 2014 204,673 0.7%
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)


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.
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