Smithtown, New York

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Smithtown, New York

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. As of the year 2000 census, 26,901 people lived in Smithtown.

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.

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High Points

Smithtown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Smithtown People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Smithtown Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Smithtown Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Smithtown, New York

Comparing Smithtown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Senior Citizens 8 5
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9
People Above Poverty 10 9
College Educated Adults 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 7
Public Transportation Use 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 7
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 4
Housing Recently Built 5 9
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
People Living Alone 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Smithtown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 26,901 100%
Male 12,973 48.2%
Female 13,928 51.8%
Under 18 7,009 26.1%
18+ 19,892 73.9%
65+ 3,931 14.6%
Median Age 38.8
Average Family Size 3.29
White 25,918 96.3%
African-American 165 0.6%
Asian 475 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0%
Other 143 0.5%
Mixed Race 186 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 910 3.4%

Smithtown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 33%
Irish 19.3%
German 13.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.7%
Polish 3.7%
US/American 3.5%
English 3.2%
Russian 3.1%
Greek 1.2%
Scottish 1%
Swedish 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Austrian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Turkish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
European 0.3%
British 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Smithtown 26,901 $88,235
Hauppauge 20,100 $84,819
Islandia 3,057 $69,615
Kings Park 16,146 $80,952
Nesconset 11,992 $89,127
Nissequogue 1,543 $157,973
St. James 13,268 $82,291

Smithtown Public Libraries

Hauppauge Public Library
Smithtown, New York
(631) 979-1600
Library Web Site

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Smithtown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
50 ROUTE 25A
(631) 862-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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