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The Town of Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County
Suffolk County, New York
Suffolk County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York on the eastern portion of Long Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,493,350. It was named for the county of Suffolk in England, from which its earliest settlers came...

, New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

 (USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

). Located on Long Island
Long Island
Long Island is an island located in the southeast part of the U.S. state of New York, just east of Manhattan. Stretching northeast into the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island contains four counties, two of which are boroughs of New York City , and two of which are mainly suburban...

, the town population was 211,792 as of the 2000 census. There is also a Village of Babylon
Babylon (village), New York
Babylon is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 12,615 at the 2000 census.Its official name is The Incorporated Village of Babylon...

 located within the town. It borders Nassau County
Nassau County, New York
Nassau County is a suburban county on Long Island, east of New York City in the U.S. state of New York, within the New York Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,339,532...

 to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world's oceanic divisions. With a total area of about , it covers approximately 20% of the Earth's surface and about 26% of its water surface area...

 to the South. Parts of Jones Beach Island
Jones Beach Island
Jones Beach Island is one of the outer barrier islands off the southern coast of Long Island in the U.S. state of New York. It is named for the father of Thomas Jones. It is sometimes referred to as Oak Beach Island, and the former home of the infamous Oak Beach Inn. It is separated from Long...

, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town.

History


The region was once called Huntington South. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, eventually calling it "New Babylon", naming it after the ancient town of Babylon
Babylon
Babylon was an Akkadian city-state of ancient Mesopotamia, the remains of which are found in present-day Al Hillah, Babil Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometers south of Baghdad...

 around 1803. The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington
Huntington, New York
The Town of Huntington is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, USA. Founded in 1653, 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...

.

Villages

  • Amityville
    Amityville, New York
    Amityville is a village in the town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York, in the United States. The population was 9,441 at the 2000 census.-History:...

    , in the southwest part of the town.
  • Babylon
    Babylon (village), New York
    Babylon is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 12,615 at the 2000 census.Its official name is The Incorporated Village of Babylon...

    , in the southeast part of the town.
  • Lindenhurst
    Lindenhurst, New York
    Lindenhurst is a village in Suffolk County, New York, on the southern shore of Long Island in the Town of Babylon. The population was 27,819 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Lindenhurst is located at ....

    , in the south part of the town, between villages of Babylon and Amityville.

Hamlets

  • Copiague
    Copiague, New York
    Copiague is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 18,037 at the 2007 census. Once Copiague was a thriving Italian community. Many years ago a part of Copiague was named after Marconi. The ethnic makeup of the hamlet is quite diverse, making Copiague a rich...

  • Deer Park
    Deer Park, New York
    Deer Park is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 27,745 at the 2010 census.-History:...

  • East Farmingdale
    East Farmingdale, New York
    East Farmingdale is a hamlet and a census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population of the CDP was 5,400 at the 2000 census...

  • Gilgo, Oak Beach & Captree
    Gilgo-Oak Beach-Captree, New York
    Gilgo-Oak Beach-Captree is a former census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York and the Town of Babylon. The population was 333 at the 2000 census. It contains several small beach communities on the barrier island along the southern edge of Long Island...

    , includes communities of West Gilgo Beach, Gilgo Beach, Cedar Beach, Oak Island, Oak Beach, and Captree Island.
  • North Amityville
    North Amityville, New York
    North Amityville is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Located on Long Island in the Town of Babylon, the population of the CDP was 16,572 at the 2000 census. The area is served by the Amityville Postal District, the Amityville Union Free School...

  • North Babylon
    North Babylon, New York
    North Babylon is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 17,877 at the 2000 census.North Babylon is a community in the Town of Babylon.-Geography:...

  • North Lindenhurst
    North Lindenhurst, New York
    North Lindenhurst is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 11,767 at the 2000 census. It is a community in the Town of Babylon...

  • West Babylon
    West Babylon, New York
    West Babylon is a census-designated place in the town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 43,452 at the 2000 census.-Geography:West Babylon is located at ....

  • West Islip
    West Islip, New York
    West Islip is a hamlet and CDP, located in Suffolk County, New York, USA. Situated on the south shore of Long Island, the population of the CDP was 29,907 at the time of the 2000 census.-Geography:West Islip is located at ....

     (part, shared with the Town of Islip
    Islip, New York
    Islip is a hamlet and CDP that lies within the much larger Town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York. Located on the south shore of Long Island, the CDP had a population of 20,575 at the time of the 2000 census.-Geography:...

    ).
  • Wheatley Heights
    Wheatley Heights, New York
    Wheatley Heights is a Census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 5,013 at the 2000 census. The CDP is named after the hamlet in the same general vicinity.-History:...

  • Wyandanch
    Wyandanch, New York
    Wyandanch is a hamlet and census-designated place in the town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York. The population was 10,546 at the 2000 census.-History:...


Other communities

  • Amity Harbor, located in the hamlet of Copiague
    Copiague, New York
    Copiague is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 18,037 at the 2007 census. Once Copiague was a thriving Italian community. Many years ago a part of Copiague was named after Marconi. The ethnic makeup of the hamlet is quite diverse, making Copiague a rich...

  • Copiague Harbor
    Copiague Harbor, New York
    Copiague Harbor is located south of Merrick Road , off of South Great Neck Road in Suffolk County, New York, USA, on the South Shore of Long Island...

    , located in the hamlet of Copiague
    Copiague, New York
    Copiague is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 18,037 at the 2007 census. Once Copiague was a thriving Italian community. Many years ago a part of Copiague was named after Marconi. The ethnic makeup of the hamlet is quite diverse, making Copiague a rich...


Islands

  • Captree Island, an island partly in the southeast part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
  • Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Gilgo Island, an island in the west end of the Great South Bay.
  • Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.

State parks

  • Belmont Lake State Park
    Belmont Lake State Park
    Belmont Lake State Park is located in Babylon , New York on Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. The park has boating and picnicking facilities and playing fields for popular sports...

    , a state park
    State park
    State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the federated state level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational...

     in the northwest part of the town.
  • Captree State Park
    Captree State Park
    Captree State Park is a state park in Suffolk County, New York in the USA.The park is located on the easternmost end of Jones Island , and overlooks the Fire Island Inlet and the westernmost section of Fire Island, partly in the Town of Babylon.The park offers a marina and boat launch, fishing,...

    , a state park
    State park
    State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the federated state level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational...

     partly in the southeast part of the town and adjacent to the Fire Island Inlet.
  • Gilgo State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park, a state park
    State park
    State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the federated state level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational...

     on Fire Island is partly in the town.

Other

  • Fire Island Inlet, a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
  • Republic Airport
    Republic Airport
    Republic Airport is a state-owned public-use airport located in East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, United States. The airport is on Long Island, one mile east of the central business district of Farmingdale....

    , an airport
    Airport
    An airport is a location where aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and blimps take off and land. Aircraft may be stored or maintained at an airport...

    .
  • The town was featured in the American version of Gordon Ramsay
    Gordon Ramsay
    Gordon James Ramsay, OBE is a Scottish chef, television personality and restaurateur. He has been awarded 13 Michelin stars....

    's Kitchen Nightmares
    Kitchen Nightmares
    Kitchen Nightmares is an American reality television series broadcast on the Fox network, in which Chef Gordon Ramsay spends a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business. It is based on the British show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. The show is produced by ITV Studios...

    . Ramsay spent a week at Peter's a local Italian eatery that's now out of business.
  • Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro
    Ashley Massaro
    Ashley Marie Massaro is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to World Independent Ladies Division Wrestling. She is best known for her work with World Wrestling Entertainment and her appearance on Survivor: China....

     was born in Babylon.

Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York

Geography


The west town line is the border of Nassau County
Nassau County, New York
Nassau County is a suburban county on Long Island, east of New York City in the U.S. state of New York, within the New York Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,339,532...

, New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

, and the south town line is the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world's oceanic divisions. With a total area of about , it covers approximately 20% of the Earth's surface and about 26% of its water surface area...

.

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the town has a total area of 114.2 square miles (295.7 km²), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.4 km²) of it is land and 61.9 square miles (160.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 54.20% water.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there are 211,792 people, 69,048 households, and 52,407 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 is 4,050.0 people per square mile (1,563.8/km²). There are 71,186 housing units at an average density of 1,361.3 per square mile (525.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 76.34% White, 15.65% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.36% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. 10.05% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 69,048 households out of which 35.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% are married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 13.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% are non-families. 19.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.03 and the average family size is 3.45.

In the town the population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $60,064, and the median income for a family is $66,261. Males have a median income of $45,160 versus $32,062 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the town is $22,844. 6.7% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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