Long Island: Ridge
Ridge is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The community has large tracts of woods which include state conservation areas that interlace with neighborhoods old and new.
As of the 2010 census, there were 13,336 people, 5,714 households, and 3,526 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $64,140, and the median income for a family was $80,039. Males had a median income of $69,539 and only $51,384 for females. The latitude of Ridge is 40.893N. The longitude is -72.896W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet.
William Tangier Smith, an owner of homestead in Setauket and a mayor of Tangier in Africa allowed buying a large tract of land on the South Shore of Long Island. The area was called St. George Manor that stretches from the Carmans River (then called the Connecticut River) in the west to the edge of Southampton Town in the east with a northern border around present day New York State Route 25 as much as 81,000 acres of land. He made his manor seat on the south shore in Mastic and the northern part, now the south side of Ridge which was called “The Swamp” or “Longswamp.” Smith inhabited the house and changed the name to Longwood in 1817
Northern Ridge was settled by widower Samuel Randall and his only son Stephen Randall which they farmed a 4,000 acre on a plot of ground that Samuel had always referred to as “the Ridge” based on the geographical terrain. The former and merged names include Ridgeville and then later called Ridge was the name selected by its residents for postal delivery and remains the name of the hamlet in the present day.
The racial-makeup of Ridge comprises of 92.99% White, 3.45% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. The community is served by Longwood Central School District which also includes neighboring hamlets such as Middle Island, Coram, Yaphank, and parts of Shoreham, Medford, and Miller Place.
The Ridge Fire Department has served the community since the 1940s. In fact, there’s a museum on firefighters there which has a collection of equipment and aids used over the decades, uniforms, and vintage photographs. The Longwood Estate on Smith Road was built in 1790 and housed a School in the 19th century which is considered an important landmark in the area and also used for Fairs and other public events.
There are lots of outdoor activities in Ridge which includes hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting or golfing at public courses. In terms of their economy, the Real Estate Market has a big contribution with several home styles to choose such as contemporaries, ranches, high ranches, Victorians as well as Colonials. Home price value starts at $250,000 to $700,000 on high-end houses.