Huntington, New York

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.

Huntington, New York
Town of Huntington
Oheka Castle, Heckscher Park, Walt Whitman's Birthplace, sunset at Centerport Harbor, the historic former Huntington Sewing & Trade School, the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Location of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York
Coordinates: 40°51′36″N 73°21′8″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
  Town SupervisorChad A. Lupinacci (R)
  Total137.1 sq mi (355 km2)
  Land94.0 sq mi (243 km2)
  Water43.1 sq mi (112 km2)
135 ft (41 m)
  Density2,162/sq mi (835/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11721, 11724, 11731, 11740, 11743, 11746, 11747, 11750, 11768
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-68000
GNIS feature ID0979498

Huntington is the only township in the United States to ban self-service gas stations at the town level. Along with New Jersey and Oregon, they are the only three places in the country where full-service gas stations are compulsory.[2]


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 settlers who had already been living there.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

The arrival of the Long Island Rail Road 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.[3]

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.[3]


Historical population
Est. 2016203,236[4]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
Huntington, NY
Data sourcePopulationWhiteBlackAsianNative AmericansPacific IslandersHispanic/LatinoOtherTwo or more races
2000 Census195,28988.31%4.22%3.50%0.13%0.02%6.58%2.27%1.55%
2010 Census203,26484.15%4.68%4.96%0.20%0.02%11.00%3.89%2.10%

As of the census[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11]

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.[12]

Top employers

According to Huntington's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Huntington Hospital 2,000
2 Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2,000
3 Canon 1,800
4 Estée Lauder 1,500
5 Henry Schein 1,400
6 Western Suffolk BOCES 1,317
7 Newsday 1,228
8 Marchon Eyewear 1,055
9 Town of Huntington 702
10 BAE 650


Colleges and universities

Huntington is home to two colleges and universities, including:

Elementary and high schools

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

Local media

Several weekly newspapers cover local news exclusively, including The Long-Islander, since 1838 as well as The Times of Huntington by TBR News Media. The 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.

  • Huntington is the setting of the long-running comic strip The Lockhorns.
  • Huntington is the town in which the American sitcom Growing Pains supposedly takes place.[14] However, Robin Hood Lane, the street address of the Seaver family's home, is fictional.[15] The show's creator, Neal Marlens, grew up in Huntington.[16]
  • The Village of Northport was mentioned in episode 6 of the 2012 NBC drama series Smash.[17]
  • The Jon Megaris hair salon in Huntington was used as a filming location for the 2015 film Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • Several episodes of the USA television series Royal Pains were filmed at West Neck Beach in Huntington.[18][19]

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

  • Interstate 495 is the Long Island Expressway, and the sole interstate highway in the Town of Huntington, with interchanges from part of Exit 48 in West Hills on the Nassau-Suffolk County Line to Exit 52 in Commack.
  • Northern State Parkway was the sole limited-access highway in the Town of Huntington until the construction of the Long Island Expressway. It has interchanges from Exit 39 in West Hills east of the Nassau-Suffolk County Line to Exit 43 in Commack on the Huntington-Smithtown Town Line.
  • New York State Route 25A, the northernmost west-east state highway on Long Island including the Town of Huntington. It enters the town from Laurel Hollow in Nassau County, running through historic Cold Spring Harbor, then downtown Huntington, later Centerport, Northport, and Fort Salonga where it crosses the Huntington-Smithtown Town Line.
  • New York State Route 25, the parent route of NY 25A, which also runs west to east along Jericho Turnpike. It enters the town at West Hills from Woodbury, passes through South Huntington, Elwood, and Commack, where it crosses the Huntington-Smithtown Town Line.
  • Old Country Road, an extension of a principal west-east thoroughfare in Central Nassau County. It enters Suffolk County in a hidden overlap with Round Swamp Road at Exit 48 on I-495, then branches off to the northeast as it passes through West Hills, Melville, Dix Hills and South Huntington. Unlike in Nassau County, the road has no designation.
  • New York State Route 108, is the westernmost south-north state route in Suffolk County. It runs from Suffolk CR 11 at Cold Spring Harbor's LIRR station to NY 25A running along the edge of the Nassau County Line.
  • New York State Route 110, is a major south-north highway in Suffolk County. It enters the town from East Farmingdale near the State University of New York at Farmingdale, and runs through Melville, then South Huntington, Huntington Station, Downtown Huntington, and serves as the main road in Halesite, before finally terminating at Youngs Hill Road, where it becomes the undesignated East Shore Road.
  • New York State Route 231, has been entirely a four-lane divided highway throughout its existence. It enters the from Deer Park in the Town of Babylon between Rutland and Kenmore Streets and runs through Dix Hills, where it has interchanges with I-495 and the Northern State Parkway. Immediately after the parkway, the route terminates at a fork in the road for Suffolk CRs 35 to the northwest and 66 to the northeast.
  • County Route 2 (Suffolk County, New York) is Straight Path, a southwest to northeast county road running from the Babylon Town Line through Wyandanch as the main road, ending at NY 231 in Dix Hills.
  • County Route 3 (Suffolk County, New York) is a south to north county route known as Wellwood Avenue from north of East Farmingdale at the Babylon Town Line to Ruland Road (CR 5) where it becomes Pinelawn Road until it reaches NY 110 in Melville.
  • County Route 11 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • County Route 35 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), includes the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway.
  • County Route 92 (Suffolk County, New York)

See also


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