Dix Hills, New York
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|Dix Hills, New York|
|• Total||15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)|
|• Land||15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||203 ft (62 m)|
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (650/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1867400|
Dix Hills is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) on Long Island in the town of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 26,892 at the 2010 census. In 2008, Dix Hills was named one of the most affluent U.S. neighborhood by Forbes.
The town of Huntington was founded in 1653, and the area to the north of Half Way Hollow was first referred to as "dicke pechegans" in 1689, marking the area where Dick Pechagan, an indigenous person from one of the local tribes, had his wigwam and his planting fields. Over the years this name was shortened and changed to "Dick's Hills," and although a few old records do use that spelling, it quickly became even easier to just spell "Dix". While Half Hollow Hills marks the hills located halfway between Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Dix Hills marks the hills that belonged to a man named Dick.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP of Dix Hills has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km2), all of it land. The town of Huntington, of which Dix Hills is a part, has a total area of 137.1 square miles (355.1 km2), of which 94.1 square miles (243.8 km2) is land and 43.0 square miles (111.3 km2), or 31.35%, is water.
Dix Hills is served by the Half Hollow Hills Central School District and the Commack School District. The Half Hollow Hills elementary schools are Chestnut Hill (pending closure), Forest Park, Otsego, Paumanok, Signal Hill, Sunquam, and Vanderbilt. The middle schools that serve the district are Candlewood Middle School and West Hollow Middle School. The high schools are Half Hollow Hills High School East and Half Hollow Hills High School West. Commack Middle School and Rolling Hills Elementary are both a part of the Commack School District and are located within Dix Hills. Commack High School is ranked as the 95th best school in the country.
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Dix Hills is served by the Dix Hills Fire Department, through three stations. The Dix Hills Fire Department's headquarters (Company 2) is located on Deer Park Avenue, immediately north of the Northern State Parkway. Substation #1 (Company 3) is located on Deer Park Avenue, south of the Long Island Expressway. Substation #2 (Company 1) is located on Carll's Straight Path, about half of a mile south of the Long Island Expressway. The Dix Hills Fire Department consists of approximately 150 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians who respond to over 2,500 calls for assistance each year – ranging from fires to motor vehicle accidents to medical and traumatic emergencies. The department has four ambulances, three Heavy Rescue trucks, two pumpers, two Brush Trucks, one quintuple pumper, one Stump Jumper, and utility vehicles. It is operated under a Board of Fire Commissioners as well as one chief and three assistant chiefs.
Demographics for the CDP
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,892 people, 7,952 households, and 7,236 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,632.1 per square mile (630.0/km²). There were 8,057 housing units at an average density of 505.3/sq mi (195.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.71% White, 3.25% African American, 0.05% Native American, 7.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.82% of the population.
There were 7,952 households out of which 44.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.0% were non-families. 7.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.25 and the average family size was 3.39.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $137,632, and the median income for a family was $150,271. Males had a median income of over $100,000 versus $72,361 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $93,426. About 2.1% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
Dix Hills was named the 19th most affluent U.S. neighborhood by Forbes.
Notable current and former residents
- Brian Bloom, actor
- Bob Bourne, former New York Islanders hockey player
- Stephen Bowen, Washington Redskins defensive end
- John Coltrane, famous jazz saxophonist and composer
- Courtney Galiano, contestant on So You Think You Can Dance
- Clark Gillies, former New York Islanders hockey player
- Mel Harris, actress
- Tobias Harris, NBA player
- Ron Hextall, former NHL goalie
- Steve Israel, congressman (D-N.Y.)
- Curtis Jackson, the rapper 50 Cent
- Jodeci, members of the band
- Mark LoMonaco, wrestler
- Ralph Macchio, actor (The Karate Kid)
- James Metzger, businessman, philanthropist and All-American lacrosse player
- Dina Meyer, actress
- Cathy Moriarty, actress
- Todd Phillips, writer/director of the movies Old School and The Hangover
- Samantha Prahalis, WNBA basketball player
- Michael Prywes, writer/director
- Jenna Rose, singer and actress
- Dee Snider, front man for rock band Twisted Sister
- Ryan Star, recording artist
- Carmela Vitale, inventor of the pizza saver
- Wesley Walker, former Jets wide receiver
- Judd Winick, writer/artist from MTV's The Real World: San Francisco (former)
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- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Huntington town, Suffolk County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
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- Half Hollow Hills Community Library
- Dix Hills Fire Department
- Dix Hills Performing Arts Center @ Five Towns College
- Five Towns College
- Dix Hills Country Club