Port Jefferson Station, New York

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Port Jefferson Station is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 7,527 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area now known as Port Jefferson Station were first called by the Native American name Comsewogue. The name Echo was also used. The first resident, William Tooker, had arrived by 1750.

In 1873, the Long Island Rail Road arrived to provide service to nearby Port Jefferson, providing the town's name.

The primarily farming community began to experience suburban growth following the construction of Nesconset Highway in the mid 1950s.[1] By the early 1970s, it had become a primarily suburban community. This area also became a safehaven for homeless because of the shelters in the next town.

Geography

Port Jefferson Station is located at 40°55′27″N 73°3′42″W / 40.92417°N 73.06167°W / 40.92417; -73.06167 (40.924093, -73.061656)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all land. The train tracks mark the northern boundary of Port Jefferson Station, separating it from Port Jefferson. Route 347 (Nesconset Highway) on the south forms a boundary with Terryville.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,527 people, 2,600 households, and 1,885 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,849.1 per square mile (1,100.8/km²). There were 2,656 housing units at an average density of 1,005.4/sq mi (388.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 55.42% White, 10.13% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.76% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.61% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.10% of the population.

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