Long Island: Huntington
Huntington is a town located in Suffolk County, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is part of the New York metropolitan area. The town encompasses the villages of Asharoken, Huntington Bay, Lloyd Harbor and Northport; and the communities of Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, East Northport, Eatons Neck, Elwood, Fort Salonga, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington, Huntington Station, Melville, South Huntington, and West Hills.
As of the 2010 census, there were 203,264 people, 69,311 households, and 53,287 families residing in the town. The median income for a household in the town was $105,142, and the median income for a family was $120,082. The latitude of Huntington is 40.868N. The longitude is -73.426W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 135 feet. ZIP codes 11721, 11724, 11731, 11740, 11743, 11746, 11747, 11750, 11768
In 1653, three settlers named Richard Holbrook, Robert Williams, and Daniel Whitehead, all of Oyster Bay purchased a parcel of land that is now known as “the First Purchase” from the Matinecock tribe of Native Indians. Then, they immediately turned the land over to a group of white men who had already settled within its boundaries. The first purchase was bordered on the west by Cold Spring Harbor, on the east by Northport Harbor, on the south by what is now known as Old County Road and on the north by Long Island Sound. Some people say the community was named for Huntingdon, England while other says it was named for an abundance of game. In 2002, Huntington was named an All-America City by the National Civic League.
There have been many notable people living in the area such as Mariah Carey (singer), Leroy Grumman (founder of Grumman Aircraft), Ralph Macchio (actor), Walt Whitman (poet), and Billy Joel (singer). The majority of its resident ancestry groups were Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
When it comes to education, Huntington has different school districts which provide very fair academic training for youth residents of the town. Huntington school districts include Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, Commack School District, Elwood Union Free School District, Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Harborfields Central School District, Huntington Union Free School District, Northport-East Northport Union Free School District, and South Huntington Union Free School District.
The transformation of Huntington into high economical growth is made possible through their businesses, industries, and housing projects. The local Chamber of Commerce is also a significant factor in making Huntington into a highly-urbanized town. Not only collecting and analyzing data for dissemination of vital information, the Chamber also promotes economic development, job growth, education, and an enhanced quality of life for all Long Island people.