Water Mill, Long Island
Water Mill is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Southampton. The county seat is Riverhead. The neighborhood has a total area of 12.5 square miles of which, 11.0 square miles of it is land and 1.5 square miles of it is water. Water Mill is considering incorporating as a village following the unsuccessful attempt by Dunehampton to incorporate. As of the 2000 census, there were 1,724 people, 722 households, and 475 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $84,400, and the median income for a family was $84,272. Males had a median income of $60,357 and only $39,167 for females. Water Mill ZIP Code is 11976. In fact, it was listed as the 6th most expensive ZIP code based on median house price in 2006 according to Forbes Magazine with a median house price of $2,150,000. Area Code is 631. The latitude of Water Mill is 40.905N. The longitude is -72.362W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.
In 1640, a group of investors from Lynn, Mass., bought 64 square miles of land on the South Fork of Long Island. The neighborhood was originally named for a local landmark. After four years, Edward Howell, a former mill owner from Lynn had 40 acres of land that was given by England near the new settlement of Southampton to construct a mill for settlers to grind their grain into meal. The mill has also been used for many purposes throughout its history. By the 1800s, the area was known as Water Mills and was later changed to Water Mill. In recent time, the hamlet boasts its status as the only settlement on the South Fork of Long Island with both a functioning watermill and windmill. Although the windmill is put to use only on special occasions, the water mill operates daily during the summer months. According to the famous researchers in New York, Water Mill is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the state were no registered sex offenders living in this place in early 2007.
The racial-makeup of Water Mill comprises of 95.42% White, 2.49% African American, 0.70% Asian, 0.93% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Irish, German, Italian, English, Polish, Russian, French, Dutch, Scottish, Arab, and Swedish. The Water Mill Museum is the famous attraction in town that offers opportunities to buy bricks with personalized inscriptions. The Corwith Windmill is another attraction that has a unique example of the utilitarian wood age architecture and was restored in 1987. Water Mill is a middle-class neighborhood. Most people in Water Mill make a good living and more adults in the town have earned college degrees than have people in most other towns in New York. About 88% of housing units in Water Mill are occupied by their owners, not by renters. Some of the summer homeowners also proved to be valuable benefactors who played an important role in preserving the community's historical artifacts such as the old water mill. Home price value in Water Mill typically ranges from $850,000 up to $4 million respectively.