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Where does the Hamptons begin and end?

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Is Westhampton a Hampton?

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2011 and has been updated with the most recent information.

It's as much a philosophical question as a geographical one: Where does the Hamptons begin?

The phrase "the Hamptons" was first used as a marketing term in the 1879 Handbook of Summer Travel, a promotional pamphlet for the then-newly extended Long Island Railroad, but it was never entirely clear exactly which towns were meant to be included.

Is Westhampton in or out? Is it everything east of the Shinnecock canal? What about Shelter Island? Hampton Bays was called “Good Ground” up until 1922 and it only changed its name in order to attract the growing tourism of surrounding towns. Does it count as part of the Hamptons?

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Where does the Hamptons begin?

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  • 35%
    Westhampton
    (205 votes)
  • 7%
    Quogue
    (41 votes)
  • 4%
    Hampton Bays
    (28 votes)
  • 31%
    East of the Shinnecock Canal
    (181 votes)
  • 4%
    Tuckahoe Road (Stony Brook Southampton Campus area)
    (26 votes)
  • 14%
    Southampton village
    (84 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (include in comments)
    (5 votes)
570 votes total Vote Now

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Where does the Hamptons end?

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  • 21%
    Amagansett
    (107 votes)
  • 3%
    Napeague
    (18 votes)
  • 73%
    Montauk
    (367 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (include in comments)
    (5 votes)
497 votes total Vote Now

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Is Fire Island included?

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  • 3%
    Yes
    (18 votes)
  • 96%
    No
    (458 votes)
476 votes total Vote Now

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Is Shelter Island included?

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  • 56%
    Yes
    (274 votes)
  • 43%
    No
    (209 votes)
483 votes total Vote Now