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Smithtown, New York
|Town of Smithtown|
U.S. Census Bureau Map
|• Total||111.4 sq mi (288.5 km2)|
|• Land||53.6 sq mi (138.8 km2)|
|• Water||57.8 sq mi (149.7 km2)|
|Elevation||105 ft (32 m)|
|• Density||2,160/sq mi (833.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
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|GNIS feature ID||0979498|
Smithtown originally, known as "Smithfield", was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that, after rescuing a Native American chief's kidnapped daughter, Richard Smith was told that the chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day "on a bull". Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice), to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large anatomically correct statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A).
The border between Smithtown and the town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride. The border between Smithtown and Huntington was also the site of Fort Salonga, a British fort that was the site of a battle of the American Revolution during 1781.
The Town of Smithtown is located at 40° 52' 13" North, 73° 13' 3" West (40.862786, -73.215175).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 111.4 square miles (288.5 km²), of which, 53.6 square miles (138.8 km²) of it is land and 57.8 square miles (149.7 km²) of it (51.89%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 115,715 people, 38,487 households, and 31,482 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,159.9 people per square mile (833.9/km²). There were 39,357 housing units at an average density of 734.6 per square mile (283.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:
- 114,817 or 99.2% mono-racial
- 110,546 or 95.5% White
- 748 or 0.65% Black or African American,
- 78 or 0.01% Native American
- 1763 or 1.7% Asian
- 22 or less than 0.01% Pacific Islander
- 660 or 0.6% from other races
- 898 or 0.08% from two or more races.
- 3855 or 3.3% Hispanic or Latino
There were 38,487 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 1000 females age 18 and over, there were 911.2 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $100,165, and the median income for a family was $110,776. Males had a median income of $61,348 versus $38,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,401. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Ancestries: Italian (35.3%), Irish (26.0%), German (18.7%), Polish (6.9%), English (5.0%), Russian (4.1%).
Communities and locations
- Commack (in part, with the Town of Huntington)
- Fort Salonga (in part, with the Town of Huntington)
- Hauppauge (in part, with the Town of Islip)
- Kings Park
- Lake Ronkonkoma (in part with the Town of Brookhaven and Town of Islip)
- St. James
- North Smithtown
- San Remo
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, a state park southwest of Smithtown village
- Sunken Meadow State Park
- Nissequogue River State Park
- Blydenburgh Park Historic District
The Town of Smithtown is also home to the Kings Park, Smithtown, and Saint James Stations of the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch.
The Town of Smithtown is served entirely by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.
- See also: List of county routes in Suffolk County, New York
- Interstate 495 is the Long Island Expressway, and the sole interstate highway in the Town of Smithtown although only in the southwest corner of the town between Exit 52 in Commack and east of Exit 53 in Brentwood.
- Northern State Parkway
- Sagtikos State Parkway
- Sunken Meadow State Parkway
- New York State Route 25A
- New York State Route 25
- County Route 16 (Suffolk County, New York)
- County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway
- New York State Route 111
- New York State Route 347
- New York State Route 454
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