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Port Jefferson    (V)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States.
The Incorporated village of Port Jefferson is located in the town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 census, the village population was 7,837. The downtown section of the village by the water is always alive every summer weekend with people crowding the sidewalks. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, the population of the village was 7,935. 
Port Jefferson at one time was a small ship building community, with the name Drowned Meadow. The community leaders, realizing this was a poor name for the ship building business, eventually changed its name to Port Jefferson after President Thomas Jefferson. The town was once a major whaling port, especially in the 1880's. The village was named after Jefferson because he was the major source of funding for a project to prevent the flooding of the lower village from whence the original name originated drowned meadow.
Port Jefferson is located on the North Shore of Long Island, about 56 miles east of New York City. A ferry company operates three vessels that make daily runs from Port Jefferson across Long Island Sound to Bridgeport, Connecticut. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.9 square kilometers, out of which 7.8 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 0.1 square kilometers is covered by water.
In the village the population was spread out with 20.0 percent under the age of 18, 7.0 percent from 18 to 24, 29.3 percent from 25 to 44, 28.9 percent from 45 to 64, and 14.8 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males. Port Jefferson can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism place that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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