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Babylon is a village in Suffolk County, in the New York metro area.
One tradition says the community was named after the biblical city. Another, more indirect, says it derives from a boisterous tavern referred to as "another Babylon."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Babylon. For links to other places called Babylon, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Babylon is 40.695N. The longitude is -73.326W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,759.
Inventor Guglielmo Marconi set up a ship-to-shore wireless station here in 1902.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Babylon demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Suffolk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Nassau-Suffolk area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 11704 ZIP code.
18% of Babylon residents report German ancestry, and 24% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Babylon ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Babylon was $30,846, compared with $21,587 nationally.
34% of Babylon residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Babylon, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $905. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,827.
Libraries in Babylon include Babylon Public Library ... View libraries
Suffolk County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Babylon political report.
The average commute time for Babylon workers is 35 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 28 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Babylon between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 22.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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