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Huntington, New York

Huntington, New York
Town of Huntington
Heckscher Park in Huntington
Heckscher Park in Huntington
Location of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York
Location of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone
 • Total 137.1 sq mi (355 km2)
 • Land 94.0 sq mi (243 km2)
 • Water 43.1 sq mi (112 km2)
Elevation 135 ft (41 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 203,264
 • Density 2,162/sq mi (835/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP codes 11721, 11724, 11731, 11740, 11743, 11746, 11747, 11750, 11768
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-68000
GNIS feature ID 0979498
Website .govhuntingtonny

The Town of Huntington is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Founded in 1653,[1] it is located on the north shore of Long Island in northwestern Suffolk County, with Long Island Sound to its north and Nassau County adjacent to the west. Huntington is part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town population was 203,264.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
  • Economy 4
    • Top employers 4.1
  • Education 5
    • Colleges and universities 5.1
    • Elementary and high schools 5.2
  • Local media 6
  • In popular culture 7
  • Notable people 8
  • Communities and locations 9
    • Villages (incorporated) 9.1
    • Hamlets (unincorporated) 9.2
  • Transportation 10
    • Railroad lines 10.1
    • Bus service 10.2
    • Major roads 10.3
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


In 1653, three men from Oyster Bay, Richard Holbrook, Robert Williams and Daniel Whitehead, purchased a parcel of land from the Matinecock tribe. This parcel has since come to be known as the "First Purchase" and included land bordered by Cold Spring Harbor on the west, Northport Harbor on the east, what is now known as Old Country Road to the south and Long Island Sound to the north. The three men immediately turned the land over to the white settlers who had already been living there.[2]

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum

From that initial settlement, Huntington grew over subsequent years to include all of the land presently comprising the modern Towns of Huntington and Babylon. The southern part of the town was formally separated to create Babylon in 1872.[2]

Because Huntington was populated largely by English settlers, unlike the rest of the New Amsterdam colony, the town voted in 1660 to become part of the Connecticut colony rather than remain under the authority of New Amsterdam. It was not until the British gained control of New Amsterdam in 1664 (renaming it New York) that Huntington was formally restored to the jurisdiction of New York.[2]

Following the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War, British troops used Huntington as their headquarters, and remained encamped there until the end of the war.[2]

The arrival of the Long Island Railroad in 1867 transformed the economy of Huntington from primarily agriculture and shipping (based on its well protected harbor) to tourism and commuting. Cold Spring Harbor became a popular summer resort.[2]

The end of World War II brought about an explosive growth of population in Huntington, as in the rest of the region. Farms and resorts gave way to homes, and Huntington has transformed into a major bedroom community for nearby New York City.[2]


Huntington, NY
Data source Population White Black Asian Native Americans Pacific Islanders Hispanic/Latino Other Two or more races
2000 Census 195,289 88.31% 4.22% 3.50% 0.13% 0.02% 6.58% 2.27% 1.55%
2010 Census 203,264 84.15% 4.68% 4.96% 0.20% 0.02% 11.00% 3.89% 2.10%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 195,289 people, 65,917 households, and 52,338 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,078.4 people per square mile (802.5/km²). There were 67,708 housing units at an average density of 720.6 per square mile (278.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town in 2000 was 88.31% White, 4.22% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.27% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.58% of the population. As of the census of 2010, the racial makeup of the town was 84.15% White, 4.68% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 4.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.89% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.00% of the population.

There were 65,917 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $102,865, and the median income for a family was $113,119.[6] Males had a median income of $61,748 versus $40,825 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,390. About 2.9% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

The town government consists of a town council with four members, all of whom are elected at large. The town supervisor is elected by the entire town. Other elected positions are the Town Clerk, Highway Superintendent, and Receiver of Taxes.[7] A referendum to move to a ward district system on December 22, 2009 failed 81% to 18%.


Sbarro's headquarters were located in Melville in the Town of Huntington until 2015.[8]

Around 2002, Swiss International Air Lines's North American headquarters moved from Melville to Uniondale, Town of Hempstead. The facility, the former Swissair North American headquarter site, was completed in 1995. Swissair intended to own, instead of lease, its headquarters site. It enlisted architect Richard Meier to design the Melville facility.[9][10]

In 1997, Aer Lingus announced that it was moving its North American headquarters from Manhattan to Melville; James Lyndon, a spokesperson for the airline, said that the company moved to Long Island in an effort to reduce costs, as leasing costs are lower in Long Island than in Manhattan. The move would transfer 75 employees, including administrative personnel, marketing personnel, sales personnel, and telephone reservation agents. The airline planned to move on June 15, 1997. The airline had also considered sites in Boston and in Westchester, New York.[11]

Top employers

According to Huntington's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Huntington Hospital 2,100
2 Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2,000
3 Newsday 1,800
4 Estée Lauder 1,600
5 Western Suffolk BOCES 1,200
6 First Data 1,000
7 Marchon Eyewear 900
8 Town of Huntington 900
9 BAE 750
10 Henry Schein 700


Colleges and universities

Huntington is home to several colleges and universities, including:

Elementary and high schools

There are a number of notable schools in Huntington.

Cold Spring Harbor Central School District

Commack School District

Elwood Union Free School District

Half Hollow Hills Central School District

  • Half Hollow Hills High School East
  • Half Hollow Hills High School West
  • West Hollow Middle School
  • Candlewood Middle School
  • Otsego Elementary School
  • Paumanok Elementary School
  • Signal Hill Elementary School
  • Sunquam Elementary School
  • Vanderbilt Elementary School

Harborfields Central School District

Huntington Union Free School District

  • Huntington High School
  • J. Taylor Finley Middle School
  • Woodhull Intermediate School
  • Jack Abrams Intermediate School
  • Flower Hill Primary School
  • Jefferson Primary School
  • Southdown Primary School
  • Washington Primary School

Northport-East Northport Union Free School District

  • Northport High School
  • East Northport Middle School
  • Northport Middle School
  • 5th Avenue Elementary School
  • Pulaski Rd Elementary School
  • Bellerose Elementary School
  • Dickinson Elementary School
  • Norwood Elementary School
  • Ocean Ave Elementary School

South Huntington Union Free School District

  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Henry L. Stimson Middle School (with 6th grade at Silas Wood Center)
  • Birchwood Intermediate School
  • Maplewood Intermediate School
  • Countrywood Primary School
  • Oakwood Primary School

Private schools

  • St. Patrick's School
  • St. Anthony's High School

Local media

Several weekly newspapers cover local news exclusively, including The Long-Islander, since 1838. Village Connection Magazine, published by Jim Savalli, is a lifestyle and entertainment magazine dedicated to the town of Huntington. Additionally, Patch, an online-only news website owned by AOL, and the Huntington Buzz, an online-only news website that is independently owned, covers hyper-local news on issues, people and events in Huntington.

In popular culture

  • Huntington is the town in which the American sitcom Growing Pains supposedly takes place.[13] However, Robin Hood Lane, the street address of the Seaver family's home, is fictional.[14] The show's creator, Neal Marlens, grew up in Huntington.[15]
  • The Village of Northport was mentioned in episode 6 of the 2012 NBC drama series Smash.[16]
  • Oheka Castle in Huntington was featured in the music video for Taylor Swift's 2014 single "Blank Space".
  • The Jon Megaris hair salon in Huntington was used as a filming location for the 2015 film Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Notable people

Communities and locations

Villages (incorporated)

Hamlets (unincorporated)


Railroad lines

The Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch serves the town's vicinity, and uses stations between Cold Spring Harbor through Northport. Huntington is the eastern terminus of electrification along the Port Jefferson Branch.

Bus service

The Town of Huntington is served primarily by Huntington Area Rapid Transit bus routes, though some routes from Suffolk County Transit also serve the town.

Major roads

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "History of Huntington". Town of Huntington. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ "Fact Sheet". American Community Survey. U.S. Census Bureau. 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Elected Officials". Town of Huntington. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Contact Us." Sbarro. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  9. ^ "Contact Us SWISS USA." Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  10. ^ Anastasi, Nick. "SwissAir USA HQ heads to market.(Swiss International Airlines moves to Uniondale)." Long Island Business News. June 7, 2002. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
  11. ^ Wax, Alan J. "Aer Lingus moving offices to LI." Newsday.
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  17. ^ a b "Joseph Lloyd Manor House, Page 2". June 22, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Leisureama homes". History Detectives. Season 3. Episode 10. 2005. 
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  24. ^ Gorst, Jake. "Andrew M Geller Biography". Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  25. ^ "George Grosz at The Heckscher Museum of Art". 
  26. ^ Auletta, Ken (April 30, 2012). "Get Rich U.".  
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  31. ^ Diamos, Jason (November 18, 1996). "Islanders Trade Kasparaitis for Smolinski". New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2008. 
  32. ^ Asher, Levi (September 19, 2001). "Jack Kerouac". Literary Kicks. Retrieved November 2, 2007. 
  33. ^ "Patti Lupone".  
  34. ^ "Rozie Bacchi Publicity Stills & Production Photos". Rozie Bacchi. Retrieved November 12, 2007. 
  35. ^ "Biography for Joe Roseto".  
  36. ^ "Chris Messina".  
  37. ^ "Dan Milano".  
  38. ^ Open Seas 1990 (Northport High School Yearbook) 11, Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1990, p. 169 
  39. ^ "MORRISON, Bruce Andrew, (1944, )". Biography Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved July 27, 2008. 
  40. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Jim Neu, Creator of Wry Plays, Is Dead at 66", The New York Times, July 21, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  41. ^ "Guinness names Northport teen world's youngest professor". Newsday. Archived from the original on April 26, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  42. ^ "John Scurti".  
  43. ^ "Craig Ricci Shaynak".  
  44. ^ "Henry L. Stimson, 83, Dies on LI, Served Nation in Four Cabinets".  
  45. ^ Kerr, Kathleen. "They Began Here: Around the country, leading thinkers in health and science can trace their roots to Long Island", Newsday, July 16, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2008.

External links

  • Official website
  • Huntington Historical Society
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