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Old 08-19-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Which area is better for a growing family? Schools, crime, entertainment, any info would be great.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:28 PM
 
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i'd say they are pretty even across the board
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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Very similar in most aspects. School rankings are similar, demographics similar although Commack has a higher Jewish population, Commack is a little more densely populated. There is virtually no violent crime to speak of in these areas. There is a drug problem with some kids but that is going on all over LI.

IMO Smithtown has nicer looking areas, especially, on the east/north end, and what you could call a legitimate downtown, where as Commack is pure unadulterated sprawl.

Keep in mind that areas of St. James, Nesconset, and Smithtown go to Smithtown schools.

Areas of Smithtown go to Hauppauge schools.

Areas of Northport go to Commack schools.

So you should specify if you are talking about just those specific towns/zip codes/Hamlets/whatever, or the school districts.

On LI, school district is huge. The same value house in Smithtown Hamlet but in Hauppauge School District, may have 2,000 a year less in property taxes for an equal or better school.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Kings Park, NY
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id go with Smithtown totally based on opinion...More sense of community. Commack has no downtown or anything different than any other mid island town.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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id go with Smithtown totally based on opinion...More sense of community. Commack has no downtown or anything different than any other mid island town.
Except the people have more money than average. That's about it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Kings Park, NY
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Except the people have more money than average. That's about it.

This is so true. To this day I am still trying to figure out why house prices are so high in Commack. Like who wakes up and says? hmm I think I'll spend crazy money and pay crazy taxes on a house in the middle of nowhere when I can get the same house in a town on either shore with a beautiful downtown!
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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I like the look of the Smithtown area over the Commack area. I just can't get past the congestion on Jericho Tpke in Commack. That's a negative for me. Otherwise they're about the same.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Kings Park, NY
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I like the look of the Smithtown area over the Commack area. I just can't get past the congestion on Jericho Tpke in Commack. That's a negative for me. Otherwise they're about the same.

Yes. 25 anywhere in Suffolk is pretty brutal with the strip malls/fast food (Selden & Centereach is a nightmare too). Thats why I always prefer shore towns.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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This is so true. To this day I am still trying to figure out why house prices are so high in Commack. Like who wakes up and says? hmm I think I'll spend crazy money and pay crazy taxes on a house in the middle of nowhere when I can get the same house in a town on either shore with a beautiful downtown!

Most of the neighborhoods look like cookie-cutter Nassau neighborhoods to me, with mid century splits seeming to dominate.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Most of the neighborhoods look like cookie-cutter Nassau neighborhoods to me, with mid century splits seeming to dominate.
So true. It's one development after another. Very little spot building.
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