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The History of Huntington, New York

The slip and fall attorneys in Huntington, NY, at Banville Law have sponsored the following details on the area's history.

The History of Huntington

On the north end of Long Island in Suffolk County is the town of Huntington. The town is approximately 41.3 miles from Manhattan and a little over a 45-minute drive from the John F. Kennedy International Airport.


The area of Huntington initially belonged to the Matinecock tribe. This Native American tribe was part of the Lenape Nation and predominantly spoke Munsee. Dutch settlers began to inhibit the area in the 1620s, soon followed by the English. The Native Americans would trade shells formed into beads with both the Dutch and the English.

In 1653, the Matinecock tribe sold this section of land to Ricard Holbrook, Daniel Whitehead, and Robert Williams. These men were native to the neighboring Oyster Bay and would hand the land over to the European settlers residing in the area.

In 1867, the Long Island Rail Road lines began to run through the town, bringing growth in both the economy and population. Formerly farmland and shipping ports, the town began its transformation into a summer retreat for New York wealthy families.


This nautical town has a cost of living that is 45.9% higher than the United States average. The average home sells for $508,800, and crime is lower than the national average. With the option of the train and public busing system, the residents of the area use the following to commute daily to work:

  • 75.6% drive privately owned vehicles
  • 6.2% carpool with coworkers or family
  • 5.5% work from home
  • 10.3% take public transit


As of 2010, Huntington's population was 203,264. Based on 2007 Census figures, the average income was $102,865, and family income was $113,119. The ethnic breakdown of the area is as follows:

  • 88.31% white
  • 4.22% African American
  • 11% Hispanic or Latino
  • 4.96% Asian
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 3.89% other races
  • 2.10% two or more races

Notable People

The area has been home to many celebrities, such as the following:

  • Jason Alexander - actor
  • Christie Brinkley - model
  • Mariah Carey - singer
  • Billy Joel - singer
  • Melissa Joan Hart - actress
  • Greg Buttle - a former player for New York Jets
  • Steve Park - Nascar driver

Fun Facts

Huntington, along with New Jersey and parts of Oregon, entirely banned self-service gas stations. Some other fun facts of the area include:

  • the setting for the comic strip The Lockhorns
  • the TV show The Wonder Years was based on the town
  • the TV show Growing Pains was said to be located in this town
  • a scene from the movie Sisters was filmed in a local Jon Megaris hair salon

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 2, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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