Babylon, New York

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Babylon, New York
Town
Town of Babylon
Skyline of Babylon, New York
Location of the Town of Babylon in New York(Suffolk County highlighted)
Location of the Town of Babylon in New York
(Suffolk County highlighted)
Coordinates: 40°41′40″N 73°19′46″W / 40.69444°N 73.32944°W / 40.69444; -73.32944Coordinates: 40°41′40″N 73°19′46″W / 40.69444°N 73.32944°W / 40.69444; -73.32944
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Government
 • Supervisor Rich Schaffer
Area
 • Total 114.2 sq mi (295.7 km2)
 • Land 52.3 sq mi (135.4 km2)
 • Water 61.9 sq mi (160.3 km2)
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 213,603
 • Density 1,900/sq mi (720/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website www.townofbabylon.com

Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Located on Long Island, the town population was 213,603 as of the 2010 census. Parts of Jones Beach Island, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town. It borders Nassau County to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the South. There is also a village of Babylon located within the town.

History[edit]

The region was once called Huntington South. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, eventually calling it "New Babylon", naming it after the ancient town of Babylon around 1803. The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington.

Communities and locations[edit]

Villages[edit]

  • Amityville, in the southwest part of the town.
  • Babylon, in the southeast part of the town.
  • Lindenhurst, in the south part of the town, between villages of Babylon and Amityville.

Hamlets[edit]

Other communities[edit]

Islands[edit]

  • Captree Island, an island partly in the southeast part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
  • Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Gilgo Island, an island in the west end of the Great South Bay.
  • Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.

Beaches[edit]

State parks[edit]

Other[edit]

Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York

Local media[edit]

WBAB 102.3FM is licensed to Babylon with studios at 555 Sunrise Highway. Babylon Gazette The Local newspaper and news website is The Babylon Gazette. The Babylon Gazette is operated by Gazette Publications, Inc. and the website is http://Babylongazette.com

Geography[edit]

The west town line is the border of Nassau County, New York, and the south town line is the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.2 square miles (295.7 km²), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.4 km²) of it is land and 61.9 square miles (160.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 54.20% water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4,739
1890 6,035 27.3%
1900 7,112 17.8%
1910 9,030 27.0%
1920 11,315 25.3%
1930 19,291 70.5%
1940 24,297 25.9%
1950 45,556 87.5%
1960 142,309 212.4%
1970 203,570 43.0%
1980 203,483 0.0%
1990 202,889 −0.3%
2000 211,792 4.4%
2010 213,603 0.9%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 211,792 people, 69,048 households, and 52,407 families residing in the town. The population density is 4,050.0 people per square mile (1,563.8/km²). There are 71,186 housing units at an average density of 1,361.3 per square mile (525.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 76.34% White, 15.65% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.36% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. 10.05% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 69,048 households out of which 35.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% are married couples living together, 13.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% are non-families. 19.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.03 and the average family size is 3.45.

In the town the population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $60,064, and the median income for a family is $66,261. Males have a median income of $45,160 versus $32,062 for females. The per capita income for the town is $22,844. 6.7% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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