The Town of Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Its population was 214,191 as of the 2010 census. Parts of Jones Beach Island, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town. It borders Nassau County to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. At its westernmost point, it is about 20 miles (32 km) from New York City at the Queens border, and about 30 miles (48 km) from Manhattan. The village of Babylon is also within the town.
The region was once called South Huntington. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, and around 1803 named it New Babylon, after the ancient city of Babylon.
The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington.
Communities and locations
The following communities and locations are within the Town of Babylon:
- Amityville, in the southwest part of the town.
- Babylon, in the southeast part of the town.
- Lindenhurst, in the south part of the town, between villages of Babylon and Amityville.
- Deer Park
- East Farmingdale
- Gilgo, includes communities of West Gilgo Beach, Gilgo Beach, and Cedar Beach
- North Amityville
- North Babylon
- North Lindenhurst
- Oak Beach–Captree, includes communities of Oak Island, Oak Beach, and Captree Island
- West Babylon
- Wheatley Heights
- Amity Harbor, in the hamlet of Amityville
- Copiague Harbor, in the hamlet of Copiague
- Captree Island, an island partly in the southeast part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
- Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
- Gilgo Island, an island in the west end of the Great South Bay.
- Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
- Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
- Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
- Cedar Beach
- Gilgo Beach
- Oak Beach
- Overlook Beach
- Belmont Lake State Park, a state park in the northeast part of the town.
- Captree State Park, a state park partly in the southeast part of the town and adjacent to the Fire Island Inlet.
- Gilgo State Park, an undeveloped preserve on a barrier island on the southern side of the town.
- Robert Moses State Park, a state park on Fire Island is partly in the town.
- Fire Island Inlet, a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
- The town was featured in the American version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay spent a week at Peter's, an Italian eatery that's now out of business.
- Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York
WBAB 102.3FM is licensed to Babylon with studios at 555 Sunrise Highway.
The Babylon Beacon has covered the town for many years.
The west town line is the border of Nassau County, New York, and the south town line is the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.2 square miles (295.7 km2), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.4 km2) of it is land and 61.9 square miles (160.2 km2) of it is water. The total area is 54.20% water.