Commack, New York

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Commack (/KO-mack/ or /KOM-mack/) is a census-designated place (CDP) that roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the towns of Huntington and Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York, United States on Long Island. The CDP's population was 36,367 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.2 km²), all land.

The name Commack comes from the Secatogue Indians who lived on the south shore between Copiague and Bayport. They named their northern lands in the center of the island Winnecomac meaning "Pleasant lands." This is what they must have thought when they looked over this area of flat lands with rich soil, and thick oak forests abounding with plants and wildlife. From the earliest days Commack was known for its fertile soil, abundance of game, and wood.

Today all of Commack is settled and suburbanized and, like most unincorporated areas of Long Island, does not have a true, walkable downtown or "Main Street." The community is served by four major thoroughfares: the Long Island Expressway, the Northern State Parkway, the Sunken Meadow State Parkway and the at-grade Jericho Turnpike. It also includes the historic Long Island Motor Parkway, which itself included the Spur to NY 25 that later became Harned Road.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 36,367 people, 11,697 households, and 10,176 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,014.9 per square mile (1,164.3/km²). There were 11,824 housing units at an average density of 980.2/sq mi (378.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.4% White, 10.6% African American, 3.8% Asian, 6.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.[2][1]

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