About This Place
Dix Hills is a hamlet (and a census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Huntington on the North Shore of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Dix Hills was named the 19th most affluent U.S. neighborhood by Forbes in 2008.. It is one of the most affluent communities in the state and is among the wealthiest towns in the United States. The population was 26,024 at the 2000 census.
The Town of Huntington was founded in 1653, and the area to the north of Half Way Hollow was first referred to as "dicke pechegans" in 1689, marking the area where Dick Pechagan, an indigenous person from one of the local tribes, had his wigwam and his planting fields. Over the years this name was shortened and changed to "Dick's Hills," and although a few old records do use that spelling, it quickly became even easier to just spell "Dix." While Half Hollow Hills marks the hills located halfway between the sound and Ocean, Dix Hills marks the hills that belonged to a man named Dick.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the hamlet of Dix Hills has a total land area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km²). The Town of Huntington has a total area of 137.1 square miles (355.1 km²), of which, 94.0 square miles (243.4 km²) of it is land and 43.2 square miles (111.8 km²) of it (31.47%) is water.