Town of Smithtown

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The Smithtown bull commemorates the legendary ride of Richard Smith.

The Town of Smithtown is located on the north shore of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. The town, settled in 1665, is named after its founder, Richard Smith, who is said to have earned the land by riding its perimeter in one day on a bull.  Smith chose the longest day of the year to make his ride, and one of the borders of the town, Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (which separates Smithtown and Huntington) is where Smith stopped to eat a lunch of bread and cheese during his ride.  This bull can be seen in life-size statue form at the intersection of the Jericho Turnpike and Route 25-A in Smithtown.

Several famous people hail from Smithtown, including comedian Rosie O'Donnell, actress Melissa Joan Hart, novelist Jodi Picoult, CNN news anchor Soledad O'Brien, and Major League Baseball player Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros.

The 2010 census indicates that Smithtown has a population of 117,801.  Smithtown can be called a family town, with over a quarter of the population under the are of 18, and another quarter between the ages of 25 and 44.  The median income for a family in the town is $110,776, and a per capita income of $31,401.  The predominant ethnicities of the town are Italian (35.3%), Irish (26%) and German (18.7%).

Villages in the Town of Smithtown

  • Head of the harbor
  • Nissequogue
  • Village of the Branch

Hamlets in the Town of Smithtown

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