West Babylon, New York

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West Babylon, New York
—  CDP  —
U.S. Census Map
West Babylon, New York is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°42′48″N 73°21′26″W / 40.71333°N 73.35722°W / 40.71333; -73.35722Coordinates: 40°42′48″N 73°21′26″W / 40.71333°N 73.35722°W / 40.71333; -73.35722
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 8.0 sq mi (20.8 km2)
 • Land 7.7 sq mi (20.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 39 ft (12 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 43,452
 • Density 5,638.8/sq mi (2,177.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 11704, 11707
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-79246[1]
GNIS feature ID 0969082[2]

West Babylon is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 43,452 at the 2000 census.


[edit] Geography

West Babylon is located at 40°43′49″N 73°21′27″W / 40.73028°N 73.3575°W / 40.73028; -73.3575 (40.713399, -73.357106).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which, 7.7 square miles (20 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (3.87%) is water.

[edit] Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 43,452 people, 14,268 households,and 10,943 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,638.8 per square mile (2,176.0/km²). There were 14,571 housing units at an average density of 1,890.9/sq mi (729.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.79% White, 14.21% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.70% of the population.

There were 14,268 households; 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

As of a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $97,558, and the median income for a family was $98,478.[4] Males had a median income of $77,378 versus $52,412 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,280. About 4.2% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Schools

The West Babylon School District serves most of West Babylon and parts of Babylon and Wyandanch. Main School, when it was built, was the only school for the town serving grades K-10 (older students were sent to Babylon High School). The famed poet and writer Walt Whitman was a temporary teacher. By the mid-1950s, the building had been expanded, and became an elementary school. It was demolished in June 1982. Robert Moses, participated in the cornerstone laying ceremony of Santapogue Elementary School, in the fall of 1951. The school opened in September 1952, relieving the overcrowded situation at Main School.

West Babylon School District currently has:

  • Five elementary schools (Grades K-5)
Forest Avenue Elementary
John F. Kennedy Elementary
Santapogue Elementary
South Bay Elementary (Fire destroys 2 of 3 wings on 2/18-2/19/2010)
Tooker Avenue Elementary
  • One middle school (grades 6-8)
West Babylon Junior High
  • One high school (Grades 9-12)
West Babylon Senior High

[edit] 2010 South Bay Elementary School Fire

On the evening of February 18, around 10pm, a fire started in the boiler room of the school, quickly spreading throughout the entire school after reaching the kitchen and compromising the natural gas lines. Just past midnight, the building was fully engulfed in flames. The blaze was fought for over 7 hours by firefighters from the West Babylon Fire Department, who were quickly joined by volunteers from Babylon, Copiague, East Farmingdale, North Babylon, Lindenhurst and North Lindenhurst. The school is said to have been completely unoccupied at the time of the fire, as the entire school district is on winter break for the week. Before the fire was even out, School officials were working out a plan for over 300 students and their teachers to resume classes as soon as possible. On September 7, 2011 South Bay Elementary School re-opened its doors.

[edit] Notable natives

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ [1]
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