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Smithtown, New York
Town
Town of Smithtown
Official seal of Smithtown, New York
Seal
U.S. Census Bureau Map
U.S. Census Bureau Map
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 117,801
 • Density 2,160/sq mi (833.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP codes 11725, 11745,11754, 11780, 11787, 11788, 11768 (part), 11755 (part), 11779 (part)
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-68000
GNIS feature ID 0979498
Website www.smithtownny.gov

Smithtown is a town in Suffolk County, New York, United States, on the North Shore of Long Island. The population was 117,801 at the 2010 census.

The census-designated place (CDP) of Smithtown lies within the town's borders.

History

Smithtown Bull
Statue of the Smithtown Bull that Richard Smith was said to have ridden in order to claim the land that became the Town of Smithtown.

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.

Geography

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 1,022
1800 1,413 38.3%
1810 1,592 12.7%
1820 1,874 17.7%
1830 1,686 −10.0%
1840 1,932 14.6%
1850 1,972 2.1%
1860 2,130 8.0%
1870 2,136 0.3%
1880 2,249 5.3%
1890 3,357 49.3%
1900 5,863 74.6%
1910 7,073 20.6%
1920 9,114 28.9%
1930 11,855 30.1%
1940 13,970 17.8%
1950 20,993 50.3%
1960 50,347 139.8%
1970 114,657 127.7%
1980 116,663 1.7%
1990 113,406 −2.8%
2000 115,715 2.0%
2010 117,801 1.8%
Est. 2014 118,446 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.

Stownmainstreet
Main Street, Smithtown

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.[1] 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

Villages (incorporated)

Hamlets (unincorporated)

Other communities

  • North Smithtown
  • San Remo

State parks

  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, a state park southwest of Smithtown village
  • Sunken Meadow State Park
  • Nissequogue River State Park
  • Blydenburgh Park Historic District

Transportation

Railroad lines

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.

Bus service

The Town of Smithtown is served entirely by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.

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 Smithtown although only in the southwest corner of the town between Exit 52 in Commack and east of Exit 53 in Brentwood.
  • Northern Pkwy Shield.svg Northern State Parkway
  • Sagtikos Pkwy Shield.svg Sagtikos State Parkway
  • Sunken Meadow Pkwy Shield.svg Sunken Meadow State Parkway
  • NY-25A.svg New York State Route 25A
  • NY-25.svg New York State Route 25
  • Suffolk County 16.svg County Route 16 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • Suffolk County 67.svg County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway
  • NY-111.svg New York State Route 111
  • NY-347.svg New York State Route 347
  • NY-454.svg New York State Route 454

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