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List of municipalities on Long Island

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List of municipalities on Long Island

This is a list of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets on Long Island.


In New York State, each county is divided into cities and towns. Every point in New York is inside either a city or a town. Additionally, towns may optionally contain villages, which are smaller incorporated municipalities within the town. Villages may overlap multiple towns. Well-known unincorporated places within towns are referred to as hamlets.

A town or city is the major subdivision of each county. Towns provide or arrange for most municipal services for residents of hamlets and selected services for residents of villages. All residents of New York who do not live in a city or on an Indian reservation live in a town.

A village is an incorporated area which is usually, but not always, within a single town. A village is a clearly defined municipality that provides the services closest to the residents, such as garbage collection, street and highway maintenance, street lighting and building codes. Some villages provide their own police and other optional services. A hamlet is a populated area within a town that is not part of a village. The term "hamlet" is not defined under New York law (unlike cities, towns and villages), but is often used in the state's statutes to refer to well-known populated sections of towns that are not incorporated as villages.

Brooklyn and Queens

Brooklyn and Queens as part of the City of New York.

Nassau County

City of Glen Cove

Main article: Glen Cove, New York

City of Long Beach

Main article: Long Beach, New York

Town of Hempstead

Main article: Hempstead (town), New York

The Town of Hempstead contains 22 villages and 35 hamlets:

Town of North Hempstead

The Town of North Hempstead contains 31 villages.

Town of Oyster Bay

The Town of Oyster Bay contains 18 villages and 18 hamlets:

The U.S. Postal Service has organized these 36 places into 20 different Post Offices with a total of 30 different 5-digit ZIP codes.[1] Some Post Offices have the same name as a hamlet or village, but the boundaries are seldom the same.

Suffolk County

Town of Babylon

Main article: Babylon (town), New York

Town of Huntington

Main article: Huntington, New York

Town of Islip

Main article: Islip (town), New York

Town of Smithtown

Main article: Smithtown, New York

Town of Brookhaven

Main article: Brookhaven, New York

Town of Southampton

Main article: Southampton (town), New York

Town of Riverhead

Town of East Hampton

Town of Shelter Island

Main article: Shelter Island (town), New York

Town of Southold

Fire Island

Fire Island is not a separate town, but its villages are listed here due to its geographical isolation.

  • Villages in the Town of Islip: Ocean Beach, Saltaire
  • Hamlets in the Town of Brookhaven: Cherry Grove (a.k.a. Fire Island), Fire Island Pines.
  • Other communities: Atlantique, Bayberry Dunes, Corneille Estates, Davis Park, Dunewood, Fair Harbor, Kismet, Lonelyville, Long Cove, Ocean Bay Park, Point o' Woods, Robbins Rest, Seaview, Watch Hill, Water Island, West Fire Island

See also

Timeline of town creation in Downstate New York


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