Central Islip, New York

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Central Islip is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, U.S.. The population was 31,950 at the 2000 census.


History and overview

Prior to arrival of European settlers, the Secatogue tribe of Algonquin Indians lived in the area now known as Central Islip. In 1683, William Nicoll (son of Matthias Nicoll) purchased a large tract of land, which later became the largest manor on Long Island. He named it "Islip" after his hometown of Islip, Northamptonshire, in England.[citation needed]

In 1842, the Long Island Rail Road's eastward expansion reached the area, and Suffolk Station was opened. Suffolk Station became the commercial center for the area, and the name "Central Islip" was thus born.

In 1889, what became the Central Islip Psychiatric Center opened.[1] By 1955, it housed over 10,000 patients. It closed in 1996.

In the mid-1990s, Central Islip began a resurgence, with new housing developments, commercial properties and government complexes. A new federal courthouse complex opened, claimed to be the second largest in the country, on part of the site of the former Central Islip Psychiatric Center's 788-acre (3.19 km2) campus. In 2000, the baseball stadium for minor league team Long Island Ducks opened.[2]

Housing developments in Central Islip include:

  • College Woods
  • Park Row
  • Bella Casa Estates
  • Islip Landings
  • Courthouse Commons
  • Waddington Estate
  • Hawthorne Court (Home Properties)
  • Coventry Village


Central Islip is located at 40° 47' 3" east, 60° 11' 57" West (40.784194, -73.199062).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (18.8 km2), all land.

For the 2000 Census, the CDP gained territory since the 1990 census.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 31,950 people, 8,792 households, and 6,813 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,398.2 per square mile (1,699.2/km2). There were 9,189 housing units at an average density of 1,264.9/sq mi (488.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.8% White, 27.4% African American, 3.1% Asian, 16.6% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.8% of the population.

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