- Yaphank, New York
official_name = Yaphank, New York
settlement_type = CDP
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = U.S. Census Map
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Suffolk
area_total_km2 = 36.5
area_land_km2 = 36.2
area_water_km2 = 0.3
area_total_sq_mi = 14.1
area_land_sq_mi = 14.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 5025
population_density_km2 = 138.8
population_density_sq_mi = 359.5
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 13
elevation_ft = 43
latd = 40 |latm = 50 |lats = 7 |latNS = N
longd = 72 |longm = 55 |longs = 45 |longEW = W
Yaphank is a community in the south part of the Town of Brookhaven. It is served by the
Longwood Central School District, except for extreme southwestern Yaphank, where it is served by the South Country Central School District.
In the mid 18th century, a man named John Homan built two mills along Carmen's River, which runs directly through the center of the town. These two mills inspired the first name for the town: Millville. In 1846 a
post officewas opened in the town, but because there were thirteen other towns named "Millville" in New York Stateat the time, the town was renamed "Yaphank", from the local Native American word "Yamphanke", meaning "bank of a river".
In 1843 the
Long Island Rail Roadbuilt a railroad stationin Yaphank (still named Millville at the time), and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center. By 1875, Yaphank had two grist mills, two lumber mills, two blacksmithshops, a printing office, an upholsteryshop, a stagecoachline, two physicians, a shoeshop, two wheelwrightshops, a meat market, a dressmakerand a general store.
Today, Yaphank is home to about half of those industries. The Grist mills, blacksmith, physician, shoe shop, wheelwright shops, meat markets and the dress makers are long gone although the rail road station is still here along with the general stores.
Today, Yaphank holds three deli's, one pizza shop, a shooting supply corp, a skeet range, a bank, and Dawn House & Building Movers - A house moving company.
Yaphank was the home of
Camp Upton, which was used as a boot campin 1917. In 1947, the United States War Department transferred the Camp Upton site to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), and it now serves as the home of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Before the end of World War I, more than 30,000 men were received their basic trainingthere. Perhaps the most notable person to have trained at Camp Upton was the songwriter Irving Berlin. It was there he composed the musical comedy revue" Yip Yip Yaphank", which had a brief run on Broadway.
WWII Significance - German Bund and Nazi activity. See also Amagansett and
A number of Suffolk County facilities are located in Yaphank, including
Suffolk County Police Departmentheadquarters, the county fire academy, and the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, which offers a glimpse into the workings of an authentic 100+ year old farm and educational programs by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Yaphank is located at coor dms|40|50|7|N|72|55|45|W|city (40.835277, -72.929159)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.1 square miles (36.5 km²), of which, 14.0 square miles (36.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.78%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,025 people, 1,566 households, and 1,130 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 359.5 per square mile (138.8/km²). There were 1,650 housing units at an average density of 118.0/sq mi (45.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.11% White, 11.22% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.34% of the population.
There were 1,566 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 115.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,534, and the median income for a family was $72,348. Males had a median income of $48,807 versus $35,406 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $25,020. About 3.3% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.yaphank.org Yaphank Website]
* [http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/history/yaphank.htm Yaphank History (Longwood Public Library)]
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