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Smithtown is a town in Suffolk Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker, on the North Shore of Long Islandmarker. The population was 115,715 at the 2000 census.

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

History

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 Huntington and Smithtown is partially defined by 'Bread and Cheese Hollow Rd', 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.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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



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.
Main Street, Smithtown


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.[34913] 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)



Hamlets (unincorporated)



Government and Politics

Other Communities

  • North Smithtown
  • San Remo


State Parks



Notable People from Smithtown



Media

Smithtown is the city of license for two radio stations, WFRSmarker Family Radio and WMJC "Island 94-3", repeater W228BI for WNYCmarker, and TV station WFTY-TVmarker. 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, which operates from three stations in the district.
Smithtown Fire Department
Emergency medical care can be found at the hospital at the St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center, as well as the nearby Stony Brook University Hospital.

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


Smithtown 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
Smithtown High School West
  • 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



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


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