West Hills, New York

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West Hills, New York

Introduction to West Hills, New York

West Hills, New York, in Suffolk County, is 7 miles NE of Levittown, New York and 29 miles E of New York, New York. The town has a population of 5,607.

West Hills History

A group of Englishmen arrived in this area in 1653. Huntington was officially incorporated as a town on March 7, 1788. Walt Whitman was born in the community of West Hills in 1819.

West Hills and nearby Attractions

  • Huntington Historical Society
  • West Hills County Park
  • Old Westbury Gardens
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In West Hills

The Huntington Historical Society provides information on the historical and cultural background of the region. The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum houses exhibits related to 19th-century whaling and scrimshaw industries. The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, the Belmont Park Race Track and the Maritime Aquarium are all accessible from West Hills. Boating, fishing and horse riding opportunities are available from Belmont Lake State Park.

West Hills Transportation

Air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

West Hills Higher Education

Hofstra University, SUNY College at Old Westbury and Suffolk County Community College-Western Campus are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy West Hills People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy West Hills Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy West Hills Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% West Hills College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% West Hills Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% West Hills Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of West Hills, New York

Comparing West Hills 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
Age of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Racial Diversity 5 6
Senior Citizens 5 4
Female Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 4
Housing Recently Built 3 7
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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West Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Levittown, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11743
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.816
Longitude -73.432

West Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.2 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 12 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
Distance 21.6 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
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West Hills Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,607 100%
Male 2,775 49.5%
Female 2,832 50.5%
Under 18 1,328 23.7%
18+ 4,279 76.3%
65+ 752 13.4%
Median Age 40.9
Average Family Size 3.09
White 5,293 94.4%
African-American 50 0.9%
Asian 191 3.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 25 0.4%
Mixed Race 47 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 135 2.4%

West Hills 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 33.4%
Irish 13.7%
German 12%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
Polish 4.2%
US/American 4%
Russian 3.5%
English 3%
Greek 1.9%
Austrian 1.3%
Scottish 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
Hungarian 1%
Eastern European 0.9%
Belgian 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Latvian 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Cypriot 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
Alsatian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Hills, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bay Hills (11743)
Baycrest (11743)
Beech Croft (11743)
Cold Spring Hills (11743)
Harbor Heights (11743)
Hunt (11743)
Knollwood Beach (11743)
Lloyd Neck (11743)
Wincoma (11743)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Hills 5,607 $94,363
Huntington Station 29,910 $67,115
Laurel Hollow 1,930 $200,001
Melville 14,533 $99,881
Plainview 25,637 $98,233
South Huntington 9,465 $84,828
Woodbury 9,010 $139,409
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