Eastport, New York

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Eastport is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 1,454 at the 2000 census.

Eastport straddles the borders of the Towns of Brookhaven and Southampton.

Eastport is located within the Eastport-South Manor Central School District.

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Geography

Eastport is located at 40°49′52″N 72°43′47″W / 40.831095°N 72.729780°W / 40.831095; -72.729780.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km2), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (2.49%) is water.

History

Eastport dates to the 1730s when a gristmill was built there. It started as two hamlets Seatuck and Waterville and in the 1850s applied for a post office by the name of Seatuck. It was refused because it was too similar to Setauket, New York. It was renamed Eastport.[2]

In the first half of the 20th century it was the capital of the production of Long Island ducks producing 6.5 million ducks from 29 farms a year going to market. At one time, the western portion of Eastport, located in Brookhaven Township, was called "Seatuck" and the eastern portion, located in Southampton Township, was known as Waterville. The eastern portion of Eastport was at one time known as the “Duck Capital” of the world. In the last twenty years, practically all duck farms were phased out and the descendants of the original farmers sold the valuable waterfront property for residential development projects.[3]

Among its current site is the 18-foot (5.5 m) high Shrine of Our Lady of the Island overlooking Moriches Bay built in 1975.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[4], there were 1,454 people, 554 households and 373 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 264.7 per square mile (102.3/km2). There were 637 housing units at an average density of 116.0/sq mi (44.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.26% White, 0.83% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 2.54% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.35% of the population.

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