Smithtown, New York
|Smithtown, New York|
|Town of Smithtown|
U.S. Census Bureau Map
|• Town Supervisor||Patrick Vecchio|
|• Total||111.4 sq mi (288.5 km2)|
|• Land||53.6 sq mi (138.8 km2)|
|• Water||57.8 sq mi (149.7 km2)|
|Elevation||105 ft (32 m)|
|• Density||2,160/sq mi (833.9/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|ZIP codes||11725, 11745,11754, 11780, 11787, 11788, 11768 (part), 11755 (part), 11779 (part)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979498|
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Communities and locations
- 5 Notable people
- 6 Media
- 7 Emergency services
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Schools
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The town was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that after rescuing a Native American Chief's kidnapped daughter, Richard Smith was told that the Chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day - on a bull. Richard Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice) - to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large anatomically correct statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A). Smithtown originally was known as "Smithfield."
The border between Smithtown and the Town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride.
The Town of Smithtown is located at 40° 52' 13" North, 73° 13' 3" West (40.862786, -73.215175).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 111.4 square miles (288.5 km²), of which, 53.6 square miles (138.8 km²) of it is land and 57.8 square miles (149.7 km²) of it (51.89%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 115,715 people, 38,487 households, and 31,482 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,159.9 people per square mile (833.9/km²). There were 39,357 housing units at an average density of 734.6 per square mile (283.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:
- 114,817 or 99.2% mono-racial
- 110,546 or 95.5% White
- 748 or 0.65% Black or African American,
- 78 or 0.01% Native American
- 1763 or 1.7% Asian
- 22 or less than 0.01% Pacific Islander
- 660 or 0.6% from other races
- 898 or 0.08% from two or more races.
- 3855 or 3.3% Hispanic or Latino
There were 38,487 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 1000 females age 18 and over, there were 911.2 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $100,165, and the median income for a family was $110,776. Males had a median income of $61,348 versus $38,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,401. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Ancestries: Italian (35.3%), Irish (26.0%), German (18.7%), Polish (6.9%), English (5.0%), Russian (4.1%).
Communities and locations
- Commack (in part, with the Town of Huntington)
- Fort Salonga (in part, with the Town of Huntington)
- Hauppauge (in part, with the Town of Islip)
- Kings Park
- Lake Ronkonkoma (in part with the Town of Brookhaven and Town of Islip)
- St. James
- North Smithtown
- San Remo
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, a state park southwest of Smithtown village
- Sunken Meadow State Park
- Nissequogue River State Park
- Michael P. Murphy Medal of Honor winning, KIA in operation Red Wing
- Marcus Barone - Motion Picture Music Supervisor and Composer
- Craig Biggio - Former Major League Baseball player
- Frank Catalanotto - Major League Baseball player
- Dan Corbett - Weather broadcaster for the BBC
- Bob Costas - American sportscaster
- John Curtis - American baseball player
- John Daly - Olympic athlete: skeleton
- David DiVona - Musician and Television personality
- Andrew Gross - Noted Author
- John Hampson - Nine Days Lead Vocalist
- Emily Hart - American Actress (younger sister of Melissa Joan Hart)
- Melissa Joan Hart - American actress (elder sister of Emily Hart)
- Andrew Hauptman - Businessman and owner of the Chicago Fire
- Eddie Hayes - Celebrated lawyer, bon vivant, and memoirist
- Christopher Higgins - National Hockey League player
- Keith Law - Sportswriter and blogger
- Andrew Levy - Publicist and Current Co-host of Fox News' Red Eye
- Lori Loughlin - Actress
- Jim Mecir - Major League Baseball player
- John Miceli - Drummer for Meat Loaf
- Michael P. Murphy - Medal of Honor recipient
- Soledad O'Brien - CNN News anchor
- John Petrucci - Dream Theater guitarist
- Jodi Picoult - Novelist
- Stephen Rannazzisi - American actor
- Jai Rodriguez - Queer Eye/Broadway actor
- Kevin Thoms - American actor
- Jeremy Wall - Founding pianist of the Jazz Fusion Band Spyro Gyra
- William Weld - 68th Governor of Massachusetts (1991–1997)
- Matt Yallof - SNY Sports Broadcaster
- Eddie Yost - Brooklyn Dodgers player, New York Mets Third Base Coach
Smithtown is the city of license for two radio stations, WFRS Family Radio and WWSK "94.3 the Shark", repeater W228BI for WNYC, and the TV station WFTY-TV. Smithtown broadcasts its board meetings on SGTV, the Town of Smithtown Public service television station; Cablevision channel 18 or Verizon channel 27. SGTV is also available on the web at http://www.smithtowngtv.org/ Smithtown has three local newspapers, Smithtown Messenger, The Times of Smithtown, and The Smithtown News, which carry community-based articles. Web sites such as SmithtownRadio.com serve as hyper-local news outlets for the community.
Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services are provided by the seven Volunteer Fire Departments, and two Volunteer Ambulance Corps that cover parts of the Township. The Smithtown, Kings Park, Saint James, Nesconset, and Nissequogue Fire Departments provide both Fire Protection, as well as Emergency Medical Services to their districts. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps provide coverage for the Commack hamlet, which is divided between the Town of Smithtown, and the Town of Huntington. The Hauppauge Volunteer Fire Department and Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corps provide coverage to the Hauppauge hamlet, which is divided between the Town of Smithtown, and the Town of Islip.
Smithtown is policed by the 4th Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department. The Suffolk County Police are the primary law enforcement agency in Smithtown. They are responsible for responding to all 911 emergency calls. The Smithtown Department of Public Safety is an agency with limited powers. The Park Ranger Division is made up peace officers as defined in the Criminal Procedural Law of the state of New York. Their enforcement powers are limited to Smithtown town property. The Department of Public Safety also has a Harbor Master division and Fire Marshall division.
Emergency medical care can be found at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, located in Smithtown, as well as the nearby Stony Brook University Hospital, located in Stony Brook, in the neighboring Town of Brookhaven.
The Town of Smithtown is served entirely by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.
- Interstate 495 is the Long Island Expressway, and the sole interstate highway in the Town of Smithtown although only in the southwest corner of the town between Exit 52 in Commack and east of Exit 53 in Brentwood.
- Northern State Parkway
- Sagtikos State Parkway
- Sunken Meadow State Parkway
- New York State Route 25A
- New York State Route 25
- County Route 16 (Suffolk County, New York)
- County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway
- New York State Route 111
- New York State Route 347
- New York State Route 454
Smithtown Central School District is home of eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, all on different campuses.
The Town of Smithtown is also home to the Kings Park Central School District, a portion of the Commack Union-Free School District (shared with the Town of Huntington), a portion of the Hauppauge School District (shared with the Town of Islip) and a portion of the Sachem Central School District (shared with the Town of Brookhaven).
- Accompsett Elementary School
- Branch Brook Elementary School
- Dogwood Elementary School
- Mills Pond Elementary School
- Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
- Smithtown Elementary School
- St. James Elementary School
- Tackan Elementary School
- Accompsett Middle School (formerly Smithtown High School Freshman Campus 1992-2005)
- Great Hollow Middle School
- Nessaquake Middle school
Smithtown High School
- Eastern Campus (formerly Smithtown Central High School, 1960s-1973; formerly Smithtown High School East, 1973–1992; formerly Smithtown Middle School, 1992–2005) - located in St. James
- Western Campus (formerly Smithtown High School West, 1973–1992; formerly Smithtown High School 10-12 Building, 1992–2005)- located in south of the Kings Park Hamlet and west of the Smithtown Bull
- The High School's Western Campus is composed of graduates of Accompsett Middle School and those graduates of Great Hollow Middle School that reside in the Mt. Pleasant and Branch Brook Elementary area.
- Smithtown Christian School (pre-school to twelfth grade)
- Saint Patrick School  (parochial school grades preschool through eighth)
- Holy Family Regional School (pre-school to eighth grade)
- Saints Philip and James School (parochial school grades preschool through eighth)
- The Knox School(boarding students 7th to PG, day students 6th to PG)
Former Smithtown schools (No longer used as K-12 Facilities)
- New York Avenue Junior High School- (now the Joseph M. Barton/New York Avenue Building) Currently the central office and headquarters of Smithown Central School District
- Smithtown Branch High School- Smithtown High School before the opening of Smithtown Central High School in the 1960s
- Metropolitan & Central City Population: 2000-2005. Demographia.com, accessed September 3, 2006.
- The Bull, Smithtown Long, Island (Maggie Land Blanck)
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- NYS CPL Article 2 Section 2.10(9)
- Smithtown Central School District Website
- Town of Smithtown, NY
- Smithtown history
- Bullrider Smith's Bull "Whisper" Courtesy Maggiblanck.com
- Kings Park Heritage Museum
- Kings Park Chamber of Commerce
- Bygone Long Island
- Smithtown Government Television
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