Remsenburg-Speonk, New York

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Remsenburg-Speonk is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Town of Southhampton, Suffolk County, New York. It consists of the hamlets of Remsenburg and Speonk. The population was 2,675 at the 2000 census. The population of this town and surrounding ones increases in the summer due to summer renters who come out for the beaches and scenery.

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History

As early as 1712, meadows in Speonk were leased to cattle owners from Southampton. Most of the early residents came west from Southampton and Bridgehampton in the 1740s, building farms and clearing the forests of wood. In the 1880s, duck farms thrived in Speonk, but few survived past the turn of the century. The name Speonk was inspired by a Native American word meaning high place. An 1897 Long Island Rail Road catalog listed Speonk, noting that that name "certainly sounds like the call of a frog." Some residents pressed to change the name to Remsenburg, after prominent resident Charles Remsen donated a new Presbyterian Church. Today, both names remain is use, each covering different areas of the community.

Geography

Remsenburg-Speonk is located at 40° 49' 13" North, 72° 42' 4" West (40.820400, -72.701133).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km2), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (1.49%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,675 people, 960 households, and 697 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 450.5 per square mile (173.9/km2). There were 1,401 housing units at an average density of 235.9/sq mi (91.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.92% White, 1.76% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.64% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.23% of the population.

There were 960 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.02.

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