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East Northport, New York
—  CDP  —
U.S. Census Map
East Northport, New York is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°52′45″N 73°19′27″W / 40.87917°N 73.32417°W / 40.87917; -73.32417Coordinates: 40°52′45″N 73°19′27″W / 40.87917°N 73.32417°W / 40.87917; -73.32417
Country  United States
State  New York
County Suffolk
Area
 - Total 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 - Land 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 223 ft (68 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 20,845
 Density 3,556.5/sq mi (1,373.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11731
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-22612
GNIS feature ID 0949189

East Northport is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 20,845 at the 2000 census.

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History

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Founding

Soon after the establishment of a village in the Huntington area, English settlers sought to further expand their territory. On July 30, 1656, land was purchased from Chief Asharoken, head of the Matinecocks Native American tribe, part of which consisted of the land that is today known as East Northport.[1]

Larkfield & Clay Pitts

Two distinct communities formed in the area now known as East Northport. The more populous settlement known as Larkfield was located on the northern side, near Vernon Valley (now part of Northport). Larkfield originally developed near the location of Genola Cemetery, just north of the modern-day junction of Larkfield Road, Vernon Valley Road, and Laurel Road. A second community located on the southern side was known as Clay Pitts, named for its vast deposits of red clay. This clay which had been used by Native Americans to form pottery was used by the Europeans to form bricks for construction.[2] The land between Larkfield and Clay Pitts was well suited for agriculture and the region prospered in the late 18th century as a thriving farming community by supplying produce to markets in New York City and Brooklyn.[1]

East Northport

In 1868 the Long Island Railroad opened a station within the village of Northport.[3] However, just a few years later the LIRR decided to move the Northport station to a new location in Larkfield to facilitate further railway extension to Port Jefferson. The new railway station located at Larkfield Road and Bellerose Avenue opened on January 13, 1873.[4] Although the station retained the name of Northport, train conductors would refer to it as "East of Northport" because the station was located east of the railway junction which used to direct trains north to the old station located in the village of Northport. Despite the fact that East Northport is primarily south of Northport, the area became known thereafter as East Northport.[2] The Larkfield Post Office formally changed its name to East Northport in 1910.[1]

Suburban Growth

As American military personnel returned home from World War II, Long Island experienced a dramatic population shift from large cities to suburban areas. East Northport's population exploded as a housing boom transformed the rural farmland into modern suburbs. Today East Northport is the largest community in Huntington Township, both by land area and population.[2]

Geography

East Northport is located at 40°52′45″N 73°19′27″W / 40.87917°N 73.32417°W / 40.87917; -73.32417 (40.879248, -73.324133).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,845 people, 6,967 households, and 5,552 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,556.5 per square mile (1,373.4/km²). There were 7,086 housing units at an average density of 1,209.0/sq mi (466.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.72% White, 0.91% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.91% of the population.[6]

There were 6,967 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.24.[6]

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.[6]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $92,892 and $98,162 respectively as of a 2007 estimate.[6] Males had a median income of $54,054 versus $38,419 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,666. About 2.9% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

Most students residing in East Northport attend the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District, with some attending the Commack School District or the Elwood School District. A small part of community can also attend Kings Park and Harborfields School Districts. The following schools are located within East Northport:

Public schools

  • East Northport Middle School
  • Bellerose Elementary School
  • Dickinson Avenue Elementary School
  • Fifth Avenue Elementary School
  • Pulaski Road School

Private/religious schools

Notable residents

External links

References


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