Perched on Long Island and barely 41 miles from New York City, Smithtown is the perfect balance between quirky history and modern amenities. The town was settled around 1665; according to local legend, the founder had to ride a bull around the perimeter in one day to be granted the land on which the town now rests. Modern Smithtown is split by the Nissequoge River and framed by numerous state parks, with easy access to shopping, eateries, and golf through public transport.
Visit a full-scale statue of Whisper the Bull, the bovine from local lore, or participate in a few holes of golf at Smithtown Landing Golf Course. Those interested in greenery will enjoy strolling through Caleb Smith State Park Reserve, Sunken Meadow State Park, or Nissequoge River State Park. The Smithtown Historical Society sponsors annual events such as the Heritage Ball, Summer BBQ, and Clambake on the Beach to bolster a strong, connected community.
As of the 2010 Census, Smithtown has a population of 117,801 individuals, spread out over 53.6 square miles of land. According to citytowninfo.com, the median family income is $126,882 with an average commute of 32 minutes. Median housing values come in at $460,800 with median rent at $1,423.
GreatSchools.org rates Smithtown's schools as a 7 out of 10 based on test scores. Smithtown High School West (9-12), Branch Brook Elementary School (K-5), and Mount Pleasant Elementary (K-5) provide a top tier public school experience. Smithtown High School sees 1,684 students in a ratio of 17:1 per teacher, with exceptional test scores and college preparedness. Branch Brook Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary both have test scores and student progression far above the New York state average. Both schools have similar sizes and demographics, with respective student/teacher ratios of 18:1 and 17:1.
Suffolk County Transit system services all bus routes through Smithtown, while Long Island MacArthur Airport provides easy air travel. Drivers have easy access to Interstate 495 and New York State Route 25.
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