Dix Hills, Long Island
Dix Hills is a hamlet and census-designated place located in western Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Huntington. Dix Hills is in between Elwood on the North, Deer Park and Wheatley Heights on the south, Melville on the west and Commack on the east. Dix Hills is served by the Long Island Expressway which cuts almost straight through the middle, and the Northern State Parkway. It is divided geographically into 7 unofficial sections: southeast, northeast, south central, north central, southwest, northwest, and north. As of the 2000 census, there were 26,024 people, 7,952 households, and 7,236 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $104,160, and the median income for a family was $108,081. Males had a median income of $78,230 and only $42,361 for females. The latitude of Dix Hills is 40.804N. The longitude is -73.336W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 203 feet.
On May 2, 1700, an Indian settler named Richard or Dick Pechagan purchased the land that what was known locally as Dick's Hills to the trustees of the Town of Huntington. In later years, the spelling was changed from Dick's into Dix. When the Long Island Rail Road reached the area, the population bustled and jumped. Many infrastructures and establishments were built that really helped boom their economy. The completion of 35-mile-long Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in 1908 and development of Pilgrim State Hospital makes Dix Hills a great place to live and work.
Worth mentioning is the notable people living in the area such as John Coltrane (jazz musician), Steve Israel (U.S. Representative), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid actor), Kim Serafin (radio talk show host), and Dina Meyer (actress). About 24% of Dix Hill residents were reported Italian ancestry and 12% report Irish. People in Dix Hills generally have good earning power. The town enjoys an educated population that also has a large middle class. The Half Hollow Hills Central School District serves the entire area of Dix Hills which includes parts of both Huntington and Babylon Townships. The district consists of eleven schools; seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. The Half Hollow Hills Library also helps the students in their research that has a complete number of books and volumes. Dix Hills Park Golf Course is one of the famous golf courses in town with awesome facilities featuring 1,940 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 31. The course rating is 29.5 and it has a slope rating of 97. Dix Hills has been known a religious town in New York State with their undying faith and worships. The St. Lawrence of Canterbury Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church are Christian churches in the area.