Belle Terre, New York

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Belle Terre, New York
Incorporated Village of Belle Terre
Belle Terre, NY
Belle Terre, NY
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Belle Terre, New York is located in New York
Belle Terre, New York
Belle Terre, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°57′37″N 73°4′5″W / 40.96028°N 73.06806°W / 40.96028; -73.06806Coordinates: 40°57′37″N 73°4′5″W / 40.96028°N 73.06806°W / 40.96028; -73.06806
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 161 ft (49 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 792
 • Density 880/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11777
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-05672
GNIS feature ID 0943606

Belle Terre is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 792 at the 2010 census.[1] The village is located in the town of Brookhaven on the North Shore of Long Island.


View of Mount Misery Point, in northern Belle Terre

Belle Terre is located at 40°57′37″N 73°4′5″W / 40.96028°N 73.06806°W / 40.96028; -73.06806 (40.9628083, -73.068439).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 832 people, 286 households, and 237 families residing in the village. The population density was 952.3 people per square mile (369.2/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 339.9 per square mile (131.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 91.71% White, 1.08% African American, 5.05% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 286 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.6% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% 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 3.16.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 36.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $132,155, and the median income for a family was $144,708. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $50,156 for females. The per capita income for the village was $56,191. None of the families and 1.4% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 3.2% of those over 64.

Belle Terre v. Boraas[edit]

Belle Terre is known for a law that evicted students from a nearby university campus, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who were leasing shared housing in the village. In Village of Belle Terre v. Boraas,[4] the United States Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice William O. Douglas, held that it was constitutional to forbid more than two people unrelated by blood, adoption, or marriage — not counting household servants — from living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit in the village for the purpose of maintaining a quiet residential sector.


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