Smithtown, New York

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Town of Smithtown
settlement_type = Town


imagesize = 125px



mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Smithtown is located on the north shore of eastern Suffolk County on Long Island, NY.



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map_caption1 = U.S. Census Bureau Map
subdivision_type = Country
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subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New York
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Suffolk
government_type =
leader_title = Town Supervisor
leader_name = Patrick Vecchio
established_date =
unit_pref = Imperial
area_footnote =
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 288.5
area_land_km2 = 138.8
area_water_km2 = 149.7
population_footnotes = [http://www.demographia.com/db-metrocore2005.htm Metropolitan & Central City Population: 2000-2005] . "Demographia.com", accessed September 3, 2006.]
area_total_sq_mi = 111.4
area_land_sq_mi = 53.6
area_water_sq_mi = 57.8
elevation_m = 32
elevation_ft = 105
latd = 40 |latm = 51 |lats = 46 |latNS = N
longd = 73 |longm = 12 |longs = 55 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2000
population_note =
population_total = 115,715
population_density_km2 = 833.9
timezone = EST
utc_offset = −5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = −4
latitude = 40.855 N
longitude = 73.201 W
website = [http://www.smithtowninfo.com/ Smithtown, NY]
postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 11745, 11787, 11788
area_code = 631
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 36-68000
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0979498
footnotes =

Smithtown is a town in Suffolk County, New York, United States, on the North Shore of Long Island. The population was 115,715 at the 2000 census.

The census-designated place of Smithtown lies in the town.

History

The town was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that Native Americans told Richard Smith that he would be granted title to all the land he could ride across in one day on a bull. 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."

Geography

The Town of Smithtown is located at 40° 52' 13" North, 73° 13' 3" West (40.862786, -73.215175)GR|1.

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.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 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/sq mi (283.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:

*114,817 or 99.2% monoracial
*110,546 or 95.5% White
*748 or 0.65% Black or African American,
*78 or 0.01% Native American
*2763 or 2.4% 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 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $94,208, and the median income for a family was $103,507. [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=06000US3610337000&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US36%7C05000US36103%7C06000US3610337000&_street=&_county=smithtown&_cityTown=smithtown&_state=04000US36&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=060&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2006_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=] 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

Villages (incorporated)

* Head of the Harbor
* Nissequogue
* Village of the Branch

Hamlets (unincorporated)

* Commack "(in part, with the Town of Huntington)"
* Fort Salonga "(in part, with the Town of Huntington)"
* Kings Park
* Lake Ronkonkoma "(in part with the Town of Brookhaven and Town of Islip)"
* Nesconset
* Smithtown
* St. James

Other Communities

* "North Smithtown"
* "San Remo"

State Parks

* Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, a state park southwest of Smithtown village
* Sunken Meadow State Park
* Nissequogue River State Park

Notable People from Smithtown

* Craig Biggio - Major League Baseball player
* Frank Catalanotto - Major League Baseball player
* Bob Costas - American sportscaster
* John Curtis- American baseball player
* Mick Foley - WWE Wrestler
* Melissa Joan Hart - American actress
* Christopher Higgins - National Hockey League player
* Kevin James - Actor
* Keith Law - sportswriter and blogger
* Lori Loughlin - Actress
* Marty Lyons- National Football League player
* Michael P. Murphy - Medal of Honor recipient.
* Jeremy Wall - Founding pianist of the Jazz Fusion Band Spyro Gyra
* Jay Beckenstein - Founding Saxophonist of the Jazz Fusion Band Spyro Gyra
* Jim Mecir - Major League Baseball player
* Michael Nebgen - Designed the Apple iPhone
* Soledad O'Brien - CNN News anchor
* Rosie O'Donnell - Actress/Comedian
* John Petrucci - Dream Theater guitarist
* Jodi Picoult - novelist
* Jai Rodriguez- Queer Eye/Broadway actor
* Matt Yallof- SNY Sports Broadcaster
* Dan Corbett - Weather broadcaster for the BBCMark Gralla - Professional BMX Rider

Media

Smithtown is the city of license for two radio stations, WFRS Family Radio and WMJC "Island 94-3", repeater W228BI for WNYC, and TV station WFTY-TV. Smithtown runs its board meetings on the GOVT TV station, local channel 18. Smithtown is also home to a local newspaper, The Smithtown News, which carries articles pertaining to the community.

Infrastructure

Smithtown is protected by the 4th precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department. Fire, rescue, EMS and other emergency services are in jurisdiction of the Smithtown Fire Department. .

Schools

Smithtown Central School District is home of nine 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).

Elementary schools

*Accompsett Elementary School
*Branch Brook Elementary School
*Dogwood Elementary School
*Mills Pond Elementary School
*Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
*Nesconset Elementary School
*Smithtown Elementary School
*St. James Elementary School
*Tackan Elementary School

Middle schools

*Accompsett Middle School (formerly Smithtown High School Freshman Campus 1992-2005)
*Great Hollow Middle School
*Nesaquake Middle School

mithtown High School

*Eastern Campus (formerly Smithtown Central High School, 1960s-1973; formerly Smithtown High School East, 1973-1992; formerly Smithtown Middle School, 1993-2005) - located in St. James
**The High School's Eastern Campus is composed of graduates of Nesaquake Middle School and those graduates of Great Hollow Middle School that reside in the Tackan and Nesconset Elementary area.
**Famous graduates
***Soledad O'Brien
*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.

Private schools

*Smithtown Christian School (pre-school to twelfth grade)
*Saint Patrick School [http://www.sps-smithtown.org] (parochial school grades preschool through eighth)

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

References

External links

* [http://www.smithtown.k12.ny.us Smithtown Central School District Website]
* [http://www.newsphoto.com/usa1_detail.php/39759/Sports/LacrosseBoysvarsitylacrosseGarden_CitySmithtown_West Smithtown High School West Boys Varsity Lacrosse beating Garden City on 3/24/07]
* [http://www.smithtowninfo.com Town of Smithtown, NY]
* [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jdevlin/newyork/li_history_misc.htm#smith Smithtown history]
* [http://www.bygoneli.com/ Bygone Long Island]


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