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The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical summer colonies of the American Northeast. They have some of the most expensive residential properties in the U.S.
The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, the Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney connect the Hamptons to the rest of Long Island and to New York City, while ferries provide connections to Shelter Island, New York and Connecticut.
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The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of East Hampton:
These areas constitute the core vacation area of this end of Long Island.
|Village/Hamlet||Town||Population||Total Area||Land Area|
|Southampton||Southampton Town||3,965||6.8 sq mi (18 km2)||6.3 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Water Mill||Southampton Town||1,724||12.5 sq mi (32 km2)||11.0 sq mi (28 km2)|
|Bridgehampton||Southampton Town||1,381||11.2 sq mi (29 km2)||9.3 sq mi (24 km2)|
|Sagaponack||Southampton Town||582||8.0 sq mi (21 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Sag Harbor||60% Southampton; 40% East Hampton Town||2,313||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)||1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)|
|Wainscott||East Hampton Town||628||7.3 sq mi (19 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
|East Hampton||East Hampton Town||1,334||4.9 sq mi (13 km2)||4.8 sq mi (12 km2)|
|Amagansett||East Hampton Town||1,067||8.0 sq mi (21 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
The Summer Colony's residents include many of New York City's affluent residents, as well as a number of affluent people from other nearby states, executives, and increasingly, foreigners from Europe and South America.
Villages and the hamlets of the Summer Colony are distinguished by their significant population increases during the summers, a large number of retail shops and restaurants and extensive arts community. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation, and, as of 2013, the real estate market was hot with prices rising for both home buyers and sellers and rentals. Particularly attractive were modest homes within walking distance of village centers. In particular, Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton were cited by Business Week magazine as being the first, sixth and eighth most expensive zip codes in the nation, respectively.
Other amenities in the area include Sebonack Golf Club, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, National Golf Links of America in Southampton and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. The Shinnecock and National golf clubs were recently voted as the number three and number 10 ranked courses in America by Golf Digest magazine. Exclusive private clubs provide additional recreational resources to the very affluent in the area. These clubs include The Bathing Corporation of Southampton, the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club, and the Meadow Club in Southampton Village and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.
The Hamptons and Hamptons society are frequently featured on-screen and mentioned in films and television.