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Levittown, New York
Levittown gets its name from William Levitt, who created the community as a planned suburban community in the late 1940s. William Levitt is considered the father of modern suburbia, and Levittown being his first community, it is considered by many to be the first modern, postwar American suburb.
Levittown is located at 40°43'28" North, 73°30'40" West (40.724468, -73.511191).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 53,067 people, 17,207 households, and 14,109 families residing in the community. The population density is 2,978.1/km² (7,717.5/mi²). There are 17,410 housing units at an average density of 977.0/km² (2,531.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the area is 94.15% White, 0.50% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 6.79% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 17,207 households out of which 37.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.9% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% are non-families. 14.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.08 and the average family size is 3.40.
In the community the population is spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the community is $69,923, and the median income for a family is $73,851. Males have a median income of $50,603 versus $35,962 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $25,917. 2.9% of the population and 2.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.6% of those under the age of 18 and 1.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Levittown is the childhood home of Maureen Tucker, the drummer for the Velvet Underground, and Bill Griffith the cartoonist who draws Zippy the Pinhead.
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