Riverhead (town), New York

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Riverhead
—  Town  —
Town of Riverhead
Riverhead is located in New York
Riverhead
Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Government
 • TypeCivil Township
 • SupervisorSean Walter
Area
 • Total201.3 sq mi (521.3 km2)
 • Land67.4 sq mi (174.5 km2)
 • Water133.9 sq mi (346.8 km2)
Elevation13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total33,506
 • Density170/sq mi (64/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code11901
Area code(s)631
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID0962565
Websitewww.riverheadli.com
 
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Riverhead
—  Town  —
Town of Riverhead
Riverhead is located in New York
Riverhead
Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 72°39′44″W / 40.92833°N 72.66222°W / 40.92833; -72.66222
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Government
 • TypeCivil Township
 • SupervisorSean Walter
Area
 • Total201.3 sq mi (521.3 km2)
 • Land67.4 sq mi (174.5 km2)
 • Water133.9 sq mi (346.8 km2)
Elevation13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total33,506
 • Density170/sq mi (64/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code11901
Area code(s)631
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID0962565
Websitewww.riverheadli.com

The town of Riverhead is in Suffolk County, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. The population was 33,506 at the 2010 census. The name signifies that the mouth of the Peconic River is in this town. Riverhead is the county seat of Suffolk County.

There is also a smaller hamlet of Riverhead, which lies in the town.

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History

The town was created in 1792 as part of developing new jurisdictions after the American Revolution. The New York State Legislature divided it from the extant Southold, New York. Colonists has purchased the Southold land from the local Algonquian-speaking Native Americans in 1649. An additional portion was purchased from Col. William Smith and divided among settlers in 1742. The poor section of Southold, with no harbor and little commerce, the town was separated at the behest of its inhabitants, who "represented to the Legislature that their town is so long that it is very inconvenient for them to attend at [sic] town meetings, and also to transact the other necessary business of the said town, and have prayed that the same may be divided into two towns".

On March 13, 1792, the Legislature passed a bill splitting off this section under the name River Head. The new enclave's first town meeting was scheduled to be held April 3, 1792.[1] River Head was named the county seat (called "county town" at the time), and its name was later combined as Riverhead. By 1902, its approximate population was 2,500.[1]

Geography

The north town line is delineated by the Long Island Sound with Connecticut on the opposite shore. The east town line is the border of the town of Southold. The town is partly on the North Fork of the county. The eastern terminus of the Long Island Expressway is in Riverhead.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 201.3 square miles (521 km2), of which 67.4 square miles (175 km2) is land and 133.9 square miles (347 km2), or 66.53%, is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 27,680 people, 10,749 households, and 7,288 families residing in the town. The population density was 410.8 people per square mile (158.6/km²). There were 12,479 housing units at an average density of 185.2 per square mile (71.5/km²).

There were 10,749 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,195, and the median income for a family was $60,939. Males had a median income of $40,855 versus $32,288 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,647. About 15.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Flag of the Town of Riverhead flying at Grumman Memorial Park.

Riverhead has a town council government. There is an elected Town Supervisor who is elected by the entire town, and four "at large" Town Council seats.

Media

The Riverhead newspaper The News-Review, owned by Times-Review Newspapers as of at least 2010, was founded in 1868. Its parent company also owns The Suffolk Times, Shelter Island Reporter, The North Shore Sun, and The Wine Press.[3]

Radio stations WFTU, WRCN-FM and WRIV-AM are licensed to Riverhead.[citation needed]

Communities and locations

Hamlets (unincorporated)

Other communities

State parks

See also

Footnotes

References

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