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Southampton (town), New York

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Southampton, New York
—  Town  —
Mercator Cooper House
Southampton is located in New York
Southampton
Coordinates: 40°53′7″N 72°23′43″W / 40.88528°N 72.39528°W / 40.88528; -72.39528Coordinates: 40°53′7″N 72°23′43″W / 40.88528°N 72.39528°W / 40.88528; -72.39528
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Government
 • Type Civil Township
 • Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst
Area
 • Total 295.6 sq mi (765.6 km2)
 • Land 138.9 sq mi (359.7 km2)
 • Water 156.7 sq mi (405.9 km2)
Elevation 26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 56,790
 • Density 190/sq mi (74/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 11968-11969
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code  
GNIS feature ID 0965893
Website [http://town.southampton.ny.us/ town.southampton.ny.us

The Town of Southampton is located in southeastern Suffolk County, New York, U.S., partly on the South Fork of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town had a total population of 56,790. The town contains a village of Southampton.

History

The town was founded when settlers from Lynn, Massachusetts established residence on lands obtained from local Shinnecock Indian Nation in 1640. The first settlers included eight men, one woman, and a boy who came ashore at Conscience Point. These men were Edward Howell, Edmond Farrington, Edmund Needham, Thomas Sayre, Josiah Stanborough, George Welbe, Henry Walton and Job Sayre. Before the company departed Lynn, more families were added: Daniel Howe, John Cooper, Thomas Stephens, Allen Breed, John Jessup, William Harker, Christian Connolly, Thomas Halsey, Thomas Newell, John Farrington, Richard Odell, Philip Kyrtand, Nathaniel Kirtland, Thomas Farrington and Thamas Terry.

By July 7, 1640, they had determined the town boundaries. During the next few years (1640–43), Southampton was further increased in population by 43 families.

The first meeting house was on a hill that is the site of the current Southampton Hospital. The oldest existent house in the town is the Halsey House at 249 Main Street, which was built by Thomas Halsey, one of the first Englishmen to trade with the Shinnecocks.[1]

Southampton has 47 public and private cemeteries,[2] not including Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which is claimed as an Indian burial ground that is no longer in active use.[3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 295.6 square miles (765.6 km²), of which, 138.9 square miles (359.7 km²) of it is land and 156.7 square miles (405.9 km²) of it is water. The total area is 53.02% water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 54,712 people, 21,504 households and 13,805 families residing in the town. The population density was 394.0 people per square mile (152.1/km²). There were 35,836 housing units at an average density of 258.0 per square mile (99.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.98% White, 6.62% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.59% of the population.

There were 21,504 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,887, and the median income for a family was $65,144. Males had a median income of $47,167 versus $32,054 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,320. About 5.3% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Land claim dispute

There is a question mark over ownership of parts of this area including Shinnecock Hills, as it is claimed by the Shinnecock Indian Nation as their land that was illegally seized in a white land grab in 1859.[5]

In 2005 the nation filed a lawsuit against the state wanting the return of 3,500 acres (14 km²) in Southampton around the tribe’s reservation and billions of dollars in reparations. The disputed property includes the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which Native American representatives say is the location of tribe burial grounds.[3]

The core of the lawsuit is over a 1703 deal between Southampton and the tribe for a 1,000-year lease. The suit charges that a group of powerful investors conspired to break the lease in 1859 by sending the state Legislature a fraudulent petition from a number of Shinnecock tribesmen. Although other tribal members immediately protested that the petition was a forgery, the Legislature approved the sale of 3,500 acres (14 km²) of former tribal land.

The town of Southampton is claimed to have spent over $732,000 in legal fees in relation to this lawsuit.[6]

Communities and locations

Villages (incorporated)

Hamlets (unincorporated)

Government and politics

The town maintains a police department.

Radio stations

Bridgehampton

Hampton Bays

Sag Harbor

Southampton

Westhampton

 

Southampton (village), New York

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Southampton, New York
—  Village  —
Mercator Cooper house
Official Census map of city limits
Southampton is located in New York
Southampton
Official Census map of city limits
Coordinates: 40°53′7″N 72°23′43″W / 40.88528°N 72.39528°W / 40.88528; -72.39528Coordinates: 40°53′7″N 72°23′43″W / 40.88528°N 72.39528°W / 40.88528; -72.39528
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Government
 • Mayor Mark Epley
Area
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (17.5 km2)
 • Land 6.3 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,109
 • Density 460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 11968-11969
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-68462
GNIS feature ID 0965893

Southampton is a village in Suffolk County, New York, USA. The village is named after the Earl of Southampton. The Village of Southampton is in the southeast part of the county in the Town of Southampton. The population was 3,109 at the 2010 census.

Southampton is arguably the commercial center of the southern "fork" of Long Island, serves as the home base for several region-wide businesses and has the area's only hospital. It is part of the summer colony known as The Hamptons, and is generally considered one of the area's two most prestigious communities. A large number of wealthy and influential people have homes in the "estate section" of the Village, the area immediately north of the Atlantic ocean front. The presence of this group provides Southampton with its reputation for affluence and exclusivity.

The Incorporated Village of Southampton is headed by Mayor Mark Epley. This area is policed by the Southampton Village Police Department.

History

The Village of Southampton, settled in 1640 and incorporated as a village in 1894, historically began with a small group of English Puritans who set sail from Lynn, Massachusetts and landed on June 12, 1640, at what is now known as Conscience Point. It is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York and is named after the English Earl of Southampton.

The early settlers, with the help of a resident Shinnecock Indian guide, were led over an old woodland trail that is now North Sea Road to an ideal spot for their first settlement. There, at the head of what today is Old Town Pond, they constructed their first homes. The Shinnecock Indian Reservation, established in 1701, is the oldest Native American reservation in the United States.

A property called the Halsey House was a homestead by pioneer Thomas Halsey[disambiguation needed ] in 1640. A rare "first period" house was built in 1660 when Main Street, in the pioneer hamlet of Southampton, was first laid out. Its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. It is one of the oldest English-type frame houses in the state.

The Shinnecock tribe welcomed the arrival of the white settlers in 1640 and not only gave them land to live on, "Olde Towne", but also shared with the settlers their knowledge of planting corn and fertilizing it with fish, growing crops, digging clams and scallops from nearby bays and trapping game. During the 18th and 19th centuries, fishing, farming (especially potatoes and the local sweet corn) and duck raising were the predominant industries.

In modern times Southampton Village boasts great ocean beaches including Cooper's Beach, which was voted #3 in a recent national poll. In 2010 it was listed as America's top beach according to the annual list of the best American beaches compiled by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach[1]

Notable residents

Geography

Southampton is located at

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40°53′6″N 72°23′42″W / 40.885°N 72.395°W / 40.885; -72.395 (40.885188, -72.395162).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (6.36%) is water.

The village gained territory between the 1990 census and the 2000 census; the Southampton CDP that existed in 1990 was deleted and most of its territory went to two adjacent CDPs.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,965 people, 1,651 households, and 982 families residing in the village. The population density was 626.7 people per square mile (241.8/km²). There were 2,936 housing units at an average density of 464.0 per square mile (179.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 80.38% White, 12.94% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.05% of the population.

There were 1,651 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the village the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $54,300, and the median income for a family was $61,016. Males had a median income of $40,729 versus $36,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $37,150. About 1.3% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Those contemplating a visit to the village should be aware that a village ordinance prohibits individuals from appearing in public without a shirt.[5]

 
     
 
 
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