Farmingville, New York

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Farmingville, New York
Vietnam Memorial on Bald Hill
Vietnam Memorial on Bald Hill
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Farmingville is located in New York
Farmingville
Farmingville
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°50′33″N 73°2′37″W / 40.84250°N 73.04361°W / 40.84250; -73.04361Coordinates: 40°50′33″N 73°2′37″W / 40.84250°N 73.04361°W / 40.84250; -73.04361
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
 • Total4.19 sq mi (10.85 km2)
 • Land4.19 sq mi (10.85 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total14,983
 • Density3,577.60/sq mi (1,381.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
11738
Area code(s)631, 934
FIPS code36-25417
GNIS feature ID0949921

Farmingville is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Suffolk County town of Brookhaven, New York, United States. The population was 15,481 at the 2010 census.[2]

History[edit]

The first settlement in what is now called Farmingville occurred in the late 18th century, and was called Bald Hills and Mooney Ponds, before it eventually was called Farmingville (though the soil and hills are not good for agriculture). The Keibel Family had a 72-acre fruit and vegetable farm from 1950 till 1982. It did not have its own post office until 1950.[3]

The home of Elijah Terry, the first teacher in the local school, was built in 1823 and sits next to the Bald Hill Schoolhouse, built in 1850. The schoolhouse is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Bald Hill, one of the highest points on Long Island, is located on the Ronkonkoma Moraine, where the glacier which formed Long Island stopped its advance. At the top of Bald Hill is Vietnam Memorial Park, which includes an obelisk-shaped monument painted red, white, and blue, which was dedicated on Nov. 11, 1991.[3] The Bald Hill Cultural Center features the outdoor Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater and was previously the location of a ski area from 1965–1980.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
202014,983
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

Farmingville is located in central Long Island and has low crime rates.[6] As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,458 people, 5,041 households, and 4,229 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,642.8 per square mile (1,405.9/km2). There were 5,170 housing units at an average density of 1,144.3/sq mi (441.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.9% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.5% of the population.[8]

There were 5,041 households, out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.51.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $69,148, and the median income for a family was $72,750. Males had a median income of $50,075 versus $31,434 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,755. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

The Bald Hill Cultural Center features the outdoor Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater. The community has a residents association involved in such activities as planting trees and plants.[9]

Government[edit]

Brookhaven Town Hall is located on the east side of Bald Hill in the community.[10]

Education[edit]

The area is home to several public and private schools. The Sachem School District serves the residents of Farmingville, and Sachem High School East is located next to Brookhaven Town Hall on the east side of Bald Hill.[11]

Transportation[edit]

Farmingville is close to the major transportation hubs, Long Island MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station. The LIRR Medford station is also nearby. The hamlet is accessible from the Long Island Expressway, exit 63.

Undocumented workers[edit]

Farmingville has been a focal point of controversy regarding undocumented workers gathering in large groups on street corners and in front of businesses. Some community members have criticized and protested the lack of immigration-law enforcement, while day laborer supporters have proposed building a hiring hall for day laborers.

In the summer of 2000, two Mexican undocumented immigrants, were lured into the basement of an abandoned building in Shirley, New York and beaten by two white supremacists. Then, in 2003, four teenagers were arrested for firebombing the home of a Mexican family.[12][13] The group, Sachem Quality of Life Organization, was formed in response to the influx of undocumented immigrants.[14] The dispute was the subject of a 2004 documentary, Farmingville.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Farmingville CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Newsday: Farmingville: An Obelisk Honors Vietnam Veterans". Archived from the original on September 13, 2005. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  4. ^ New England Lost Ski Areas Project, Bald Hill
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Neighborhood Scout: Crime rates for Farmingville, NY".
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "Farmingville, New York".
  9. ^ "Farmingville Residents Association, Inc".
  10. ^ "Brookhaven, NY | Official Website". www.brookhavenny.gov. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  11. ^ "Sachem Online". www.sachem.edu. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "4 teens are arrested in Long Island attack". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. August 1, 2003. p. A.04.
  13. ^ a b Stevens, Dana (Oct 29, 2004). "When the Pursuit of a Living Wage Leads to Violence". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  14. ^ Baker, Al (July 6, 2001). "A Rising Long Island Voice in Immigration Debate". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2009.