Introduction to West Hempstead, New York

West Hempstead, New York, in Nassau county, is 1 miles W of Hempstead, New York and 17 miles E of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area with.

West Hempstead History

West Hempstead is a suburban community in the Town of Hempstead. The region was first settled in by Europeans in 1644, after the Indian inhabitants and English colonists had established a treaty the preceding year. There are various theories behind the naming of the area. It may have been named after Hemel Hemsptead in UK, or Heemstede, a Dutch city. Some say that the name of the area might have been a reference to a colonial law which required farmers of the town to grow cash crop and hemp in alternate years to replenish the soil.

West Hempstead and nearby Attractions

  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Valley Stream State Park
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
  • African American Museum
  • Hofstra Museum
  • Garden City Golf Club

Things To Do In West Hempstead

The Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead is one of the three state parks that can be found in Hempstead. It has three ponds that are stocked with many varieties of fish and offer a pleasurable fishing experience. The park also has wooded picnic areas, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, tennis courts and sports fields. Recreational programs are regularly organized at the park, which also has facilities for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

West Hempstead Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is only 10 miles away.

West Hempstead Higher Education

Nassau Community College, Adelphi University and Hofstra University provide facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 19,012
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 8,971
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $46,559
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,478
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,417


Median Family Income $108,798
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 13.3%


People Living Alone 18.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,626
Median House Value $395,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 12.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West Hempstead Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11552
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.704
Longitude -73.65

West Hempstead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 67 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Franklin Square 31,544 $102,945
Hempstead 767,916 $108,888
Lakeview 6,569 $112,564

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West Hempstead Public Libraries

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