St. James, New York

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St. James, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
The St. James Fire Department, within the heart of historic Saint James, New York.
The St. James Fire Department, within the heart of historic Saint James, New York.
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
St. James is located in New York
St. James
St. James
U.S. Census map
Coordinates: 40°52′38″N 73°9′19″W / 40.87722°N 73.15528°W / 40.87722; -73.15528Coordinates: 40°52′38″N 73°9′19″W / 40.87722°N 73.15528°W / 40.87722; -73.15528
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Land 4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 151 ft (46 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,338
 • Density 3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-64584
GNIS feature ID 0963553

St. James is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population of the CDP was 13,338 at the 2010 census.[1] St. James is part of the Town of Smithtown and is located on the North Shore of Long Island. The ZIP code is 11780.

History[edit]

In the early 20th century, St. James was a popular vacation spot for glitterati of the stage and screen. Summer residents included Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Myrna Loy, and Irving Berlin, among others.[citation needed] Noteworthy persons of the hamlet have included Stanford White, architect; William Jay Gaynor, New York State Supreme Court Justice and Mayor of New York City; Mick Foley, professional wrestler; Soledad O'Brien, television personality; John Miceli, drummer for Meat Loaf; and John Petrucci, lead guitar player for Dream Theater.[citation needed]

The St. James General Store, located on Moriches Road, is said to be the oldest continuously operating general store in the United States. It and a number of other historic structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as part of the Saint James District.[2]

Many of these 19th-century structures are located along New York State Route 25A, otherwise known as North Country Road. Among them is the Saint James Church, the source of the hamlet's name during the 1850s. In 1873 St. James Rail Road Station was established. Although small, the historic station-house is the second-oldest on the Long Island Rail Road.

St James was the home of Spaceplex, a notorious indoor amusement park and arcade. The company, Spaceplex Amusement Centers International Ltd., was involved in a stock trading scam and organized crime.

In 2005, the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took place in St. James and was broadcast as the 23rd episode of season 2.

Geography[edit]

St. James is located at 40°52′38″N 73°9′19″W / 40.87722°N 73.15528°W / 40.87722; -73.15528 (40.877202, -73.155260).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.5 square miles (12 km2), all land. To the north of the hamlet lies St. James Harbor, originally known as Stony Brook Harbor.

St. James is situated in the eastern part of the town of Smithtown, east of the hamlet of Smithtown. Immediately due east of St. James sits the main campus of Stony Brook University, a major public research university.

Demographics of the CDP[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,268 people, 4,555 households, and 3,466 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,924.6 per square mile (1,128.4/km²). There were 4,674 housing units at an average density of 1,030.3/sq mi (397.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.36% White, 0.27% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

There were 4,555 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $71,144, and the median income for a family was $82,291. Males had a median income of $59,018 versus $38,103 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,643. About 1.6% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): St. James CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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