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Farmingdale is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population of the village was 8,399 at the 2000 census. The Village of Farmingdale is inside the town of Oyster Bay. Farmingdale school district includes parts of both Nasssau County and Suffolk County.
The first settler in the area was Thomas Powell, who arrived in 1687. On October 18, 1695, he purchased a 15 square mile tract of land from three Native American tribes. This is known as the Bethpage Purchase and includes what is now Farmingdale, as well as Bethpage, Melville, North Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, and Plainview. One of two houses he built in the area in 1700 still stands on Merritts Road in Farmingdale.
Farmingdale also has associated unincorporated areas outside the village limits South Farmingdale also in Nassau County within the town of Oyster Bay and East Farmingdale in Suffolk County within the town of Babylon. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.9 square kilometers, all covered by land.
In the village the population was spread out with 21.2 percent under the age of 18, 7.3 percent from 18 to 24, 35.2 percent from 25 to 44, 21.6 percent from 45 to 64, and 14.7percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males. Farmingdale State College is a coeducational, public college with over 6,200 students pursuing degrees in one of 31 programs in the areas of business, applied arts and sciences, health sciences and engineering technologies.
Farmingdale has a very active Chamber of Commerce. The Farmingdale public Library on Merritts Road is a new state-of-the-art facility and an architectural asset. Their local paper, the Farmingdale observer, covers all that is happening as well as listing times and dates of meetings and events. Their sense of community and intergenerational family friendly town is refreshing and unique.

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