Yaphank, Long Island
Yaphank is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Brookhaven. The county seat is Riverhead. The neighborhood has a total area of 14.1 square miles of which, 14.0 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it is water. As of the 2000 census, there were 5,025 people, 1,566 households, and 1,130 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,534, and the median income for a family was $72,348. Males had a median income of $48,807 and only $35,406 for females. Yaphank ZIP Code is 11980. Area Code is 631. The latitude of Yaphank is 40.836N. The longitude is -72.917W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.
The neighborhood name derives from Indian term for “riverbank”. The former and merged names of Yaphank include Millville. In the mid 18th century, John Homan constructed two mills along Carmen's River, which runs directly through the center of the town. The LIRR built a railroad station here in 1843, and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center. The hamlet was also home of Camp Upton, which was used as a boot camp in 1917. The site was transferred to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), by the United States War Department in 1947, and it now serves as the home of Brookhaven National Laboratory. In recent time, Yaphank is home of several industries such as three deli's, one pizza shop, a shooting supply corp., a skeet range the bank, and a Building Moving Company.
The racial-makeup of Yaphank comprises of 85.11% White, 11.22% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Irish, German, Italian, English, Polish, Puerto Rican, French, Russian, Scottish, and Norwegian. Yaphank is served by the Longwood Central School District, except for extreme southwestern part where it is served by the South Country Central School District. There public schools spend at least $11,074 per student. The average school expenditure in the United States is $6,058. There are about 17 students per teacher in Yaphank. The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center is the famous attraction in town that is open year round to the public and includes a historic hay barn, farm animals, and agriculture practices and techniques. Fairs and festivals are held here throughout the year and many educational programs are offered. There are also several Suffolk County facilities located in Yaphank such as Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Correctional Facility, and the county fire academy. Yaphank is a large stable middle-class neighborhood. Most of the housing units here are occupied by their owners, not by renters.