Miller Place, New York
|Miller Place, New York|
|Census-designated place & hamlet|
|• Total||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Land||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||131 ft (40 m)|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (730/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0957319|
Miller Place is located at (40.946624, −72.993087).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km2), none of which is water. The area is hilly in some areas but has good grass and trees in most places because much of Miller Place was farmland before the population of Long Island grew.
Miller Place contains a small pond, a beach, and a small park that contains a baseball field. There are also many historical buildings in Miller Place. However, nearly all lands are heavily developed by either suburban housing communities or commercial locations.
The area of Miller Place has been inhabited since the 17th century. Throughout most of its history, Miller Place has been an agricultural-based society. However, similarly to the changes in much of Long Island, the hamlet has transformed into a densely populated suburban area in recent decades.
While the original settler of Miller Place is unknown, the settling of the region is largely accredited to the original Miller family. In 1679, a man named John Thomas is known to have sold a local 30-acre (120,000 m2) plot to Andrew Miller, a cooper from either England or Scotland. Miller's family expanded well into the 18th century and continually developed houses near the northern part of the hamlet.
The Millers were in time joined by members of such families as the Helmes, Robinsons, Burnetts, Hawkins, Woodhulls, and Thomases.
The first public school in the hamlet was established in 1813. By 1818, 47 students attended classes. The original building was destroyed by a stove fire in 1835, so a new one-room building was erected near the Ebenezer Miller house in 1837. The district moved to the Academy in 1897, a building that still stands as a small library along present-day North Country Road. In 1918 the old schoolhouse was torn down, and in 1937 a new building was constructed across from the Miller Place Pond. In 1852, it was recorded that 50 children were being taught. In 1932, records show only 21 students enrolled at the school.
The hamlet became home to a station of the Long Island Rail Road in 1895. This location was near the present-day intersection of Sylvan and Echo avenues. It transported people to stops at Port Jefferson, Wading River, and numerous other hamlets. Upon the station burning down in a 1902 fire, a new one was built the next year. However, this building was destroyed in 1930 by another fire, and the eastern railroad lines were soon abandoned.
In the later 19th century, Miller Place became a popular summer resort location. A barn-like building known as the Harbor House was established and run by a Miss Clara Potter and quickly became a haven for many young girls. However, the building was destroyed in a 1962 fire.
Many historical residences still remain, mostly along what is now North Country Road. Many roads in the present hamlet have been named after historical families. A number of historic buildings were included in the Miller Place Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Separately listed is the Samuel Hopkins House.
Demographics of the CDP
As of the census of 2000, there are 10,580 people, 3,397 households, and 2,833 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 1,468.1 per square mile (566.6/km²). There are 3,512 housing units at an average density of 487.3/sq mi (188.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 94.2% White, 0.43% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,397 households out of which 46.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% are married couples living together, 6.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% are non-families. 13.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.10 and the average family size is 3.42.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $80,455, and the median income for a family is $87,656. Males have a median income of $58,887 versus $37,091 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $27,895. 2.4% of the population and 1.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.6% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Miller Place's main business district is located on New York State Route 25A and includes mostly corporation-run locations, including a Starbucks, Subway, Ruby Tuesday, Applebee's, Stop & Shop, Gamestop, Sprint/Nextel, and many other businesses. Also along this road are multiple pizza parlors, a bagel store, a deli, Wendy's, McDonald's, two gas stations, the law firm of Timothy R. Davies, Esq, and Beanberry Caffe, a local coffee and wine bar.
McNulty's, a family-run and owned ice cream parlor, is a fixture in the hamlet, and a popular destination point.
The four schools of the Miller Place Union Free School District are scattered throughout the hamlet and serve both Miller Place and much of the hamlet of Sound Beach. These include the Andrew Muller Primary School (K-2), Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School (3–5), North Country Road Middle School (6–8), and the Miller Place High School (9–12). The high school has been ranked the 78th in the nation for students taking AP classes.
Miller Place has garnered some renown for being the home of the Miller Place Panthers High School badminton team, which has earned recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest winning streak in team sports history. "The Streak" began in the spring of 1973 and came to an end on April 12, 2005, when the Panthers were defeated in a match by Smithtown High School. The Panthers did not lose a single match over a 32-year span that encompassed 504 consecutive victories.
The Miller Place School system also fields soccer, lacrosse, cross-country, field hockey, track and field, basketball, JV and varsity football, and baseball teams, as well as a wrestling team, volleyball team, and softball team. The boys/girls cross country programs have sent multiple runners to state tournaments, including most recently when the whole girls team went and two boy runners. Girls field hockey also made it to the state tournament for New York, after winning the Suffolk County Championship against Rocky Point 1-0 and the LIC (Long Island Championship) 3-0.
The school's mascot is a panther. The school's colors are red, white and blue.
See also Miller Place High School, for more information on the school and its related activities.
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