Bridgehampton, New York

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Bridgehampton is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in the South Fork of Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 1,381 at the 2000 census.

Bridgehampton is in the Town of Southampton.

Shortly after the founding of Southampton in 1640, settlers began to move east to the area known by the Shinnecock Indians as Sagaponack and Mecox. At the head of Sagg Pond the hardy Pilgrims established a settlement called Bullhead, later renamed Bridgehampton—after the bridge built across the pond. Sagg Bridge was built in 1686 by Ezekiel Sandford. The Bridge was the link between Mecox and Sagaponack and gave this locality its name of Bridgehampton.



Bridgehampton is located at 40°55′59″N 72°18′29″W / 40.93306°N 72.30806°W / 40.93306; -72.30806 (40.933182, -72.307987)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.0 km²), of which, 9.3 square miles (24.2 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it (16.37%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,381 people, 627 households, and 369 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 147.8 per square mile (57.1/km²). There were 1,494 housing units at an average density of 159.9/sq mi (61.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.86% White, 17.38% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 1.45% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.26% of the population.

There were 627 households out of which 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.82.

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