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Overview

Introduction to Smithtown, New York

Smithtown, New York, in Suffolk county, is 5 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 41 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area.

Smithtown History

Smithtown was first settled in by Europeans in the mid 1660s. It was originally named Smithfield, in honor of Richard Smith. According to a local legend, Smith was challenged by the Native Americans that they would grant him all the land that he could ride across on a bull in one day. At the fork of the Jericho Turnpike and St. Johnland Road, you can find an anatomically correct statue of Smith's bull. The statue of the bull is known as Whisper.

Smithtown and nearby Attractions

  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
  • Sunken Meadow State Park
  • Caleb Smith House
  • Long Island Museum
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens

Things To Do In Smithtown

While staying in Smithtown you can visit several state parks such as the Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Nissequogue River State Park and the Sunken Meadow State Park. The other parks and playgrounds nearby include the Whitman Hollow Park, Maple Avenue Park, Blydenburgh Park and Forestwood Park. Golfers can spend their leisure hours at the Smithtown Landing Municipal Golf Course. The town also provides easy access to the Wildlife and Ecology Center at Holtsville, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium and Captain's Cove Seaport.

Smithtown Transportation

Long Island Mac Arthur Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Smithtown Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued from Suffolk County Community College- Western Campus, Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus and Dowling College.

People

Total Population 118,373
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 56,701
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 59.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.7%
Median Earnings25+ $61,460
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,203
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,806

Wealth

Median Family Income $126,882
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 6.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,423
Median House Value $460,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 5.6%
Irish 25.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Smithtown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11787, 11788
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.855
Longitude -73.201

Smithtown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ISLIP LI MACARTHUR AP
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hauppauge 20,616 $120,044
Islandia 3,370 $98,826
Kings Park 17,823 $115,329

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Smithtown Public Libraries

Library
Hauppauge Public Library
601 VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY
Smithtown, New York
(631) 979-1600
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Smithtown Hospitals

ST CATHERINE OF SIENA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
50 ROUTE 25A
(631) 862-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Smithtown High Schools

SMITHTOWN HS
100 CENTRAL RD
631-382-2900
Serves 2,003 students.

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