Mattituck, New York

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Mattituck is a census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 4,198 at the 2000 census.[1]

Mattituck CDP roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the town of Southold.



It is believed to have derived its name for the Native American name for the "Great Creek."[2]. The Mattituck Creek has been dredged and is used extensively by pleasure craft on Long Island Sound (the Mattituck Inlet is the entrance into Mattituck Creek and the whole waterway is now popularly referred to as Mattituck Inlet).

It is only one of two harbors (other being Mt. Sinai harbor) on the north side of Long Island on the Sound east of Port Jefferson, New York

The Mattituck Inlet and James Creek (which has also been dredged for boats) on the Peconic Bay come within 500 yards of each other and would provide a shortcut between the Peconic and Sound through the North Fork if connected via a canal. However authorities have resisted the connection fearing an ecological disaster. Still the inlet is blamed for coastal erosion because it interrupts the longshore drift on the sound.

The area was originally settled by English colonists. Corchaug Indians, who were the first residents of the area, sold land to Theophilus Eaton, governor of New Haven, CT. The meadowlands were held in common by the residents of Southold from its founding in 1640. The Township of Southold was established by Charter to the New Haven Colony of Connecticut in 1658. The woodlands were also held in common until 1661 when that land was divided among individual proprietors.

Mattituck hosts an annual Strawberry Festival and is located in the heart of over 30 vineyards in the Long Island Wine Region.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), of which, 8.6 square miles (22.4 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it (15.53%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,198 people, 1,651 households, and 1,231 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 485.7 per square mile (187.6/km²). There were 2,313 housing units at an average density of 267.6/sq mi (103.4/km²). The racial makeup of the hamlet was 96.62% White, 1.17% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.[1]

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