West Hempstead, New York

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West Hempstead, New York

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 contains a population of approximately 18,713.

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.

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High Points

West Hempstead strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy West Hempstead Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% West Hempstead Median Family Income
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% West Hempstead Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of West Hempstead, New York

Comparing West Hempstead to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 6
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Age of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 6 5
Female Share of the Population 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
College Educated Adults 8 7
People Above Poverty 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
People Living Alone 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 5
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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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
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West Hempstead Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,713 100%
Male 9,143 48.9%
Female 9,570 51.1%
Under 18 4,905 26.2%
18+ 13,808 73.8%
65+ 2,689 14.4%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.47
White 15,473 82.7%
African-American 1,111 5.9%
Asian 951 5.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.2%
Other 601 3.2%
Mixed Race 541 2.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,860 9.9%

West Hempstead Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 26.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.6%
Irish 12.1%
German 7.3%
US/American 6.3%
Polish 3.7%
Russian 2.6%
Greek 2.1%
English 1.7%
Eastern European 1.1%
Jamaican 1%
European 1%
Haitian 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Portuguese 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Israeli 0.4%
West Indian 0.4%
Maltese 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Scottish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Guyanese 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Hempstead 18,713 $78,481
Franklin Square 29,342 $69,420
Garden City 21,672 $120,305
Garden City South 3,974 $84,045
Hempstead 56,554 $46,675
Lakeview 5,607 $68,946
Stewart Manor 1,935 $97,922

West Hempstead Public Libraries

West Hempstead Public Library
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