Fort Salonga, New York
|Fort Salonga, New York|
|Hamlet and census-designated place|
Historic marker for the "Battle of Fort Slongo" along eastbound NY 25A.
U.S. Census map
|• Total||9.9 sq mi (25.7 km2)|
|• Land||9.8 sq mi (25.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||33 ft (10 m)|
|• Density||1,000/sq mi (390/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0950497|
Fort Salonga is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. At the 2010 census, the CDP population was 10,008. The name evolved from the Revolutionary War-era British Fort Salonga, or Fort Slongo, (named after one of the fort’s architects) once located near the border of the towns of Huntington and Smithtown, overlooking Long Island Sound.
Fort Salonga is a community at the northeast corner of the town of Huntington and at the northwest boundary of the town of Smithtown. It is considered the easternmost "town" of the historic Gold Coast of Long Island, with the Geissler Estate located within the hamlet.
One night during the Revolutionary War, Colonial forces landed on the beach in nearby Crab Meadow, and moving down the beach overtook the fort.
In the post-Civil War era the rich red clay deposits gave birth to a successful brickworks as well as other trade. Barges loaded with manure swept from the streets of New York City would arrive, and farmers from nearby towns would come to get the manure for fertilizer. The emptied barges were then loaded with bricks for the trip back to the city. One of the brick companies to operate there in the late 19th century was owned by the Brown family, whose bricks bore the initials BBB for Brown's Best Bricks. The family home on the top of the hill on Breeze Hill Road has served as the clubhouse for the Indian Hills Country Club since 1963.
Fort Salonga is located at (40.905736, -73.301100).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.9 square miles (25.7 km2), of which 9.8 square miles (25.5 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.12%, is water.
At the 2000 census, there were 9,634 people, 3,225 households, and 2,715 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,068.8 per square mile (412.8/km2). There were 3,310 housing units at an average density of 367.2/sq mi (141.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.83% White, 0.61% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.
There were 3,225 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.
Fort Salonga is an affluent location, with a median family income for a household in the CDP of $98,128, and the median income for a family was $106,253. Males had a median income of $70,663 versus $51,694 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,933. About 2.5% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fort Salonga CDP, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.