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Overview

Introduction to West Islip, New York

West Islip, New York is 6 miles SW of Brentwood, New York and 35 miles E of New York, New York. It is in Suffolk county. The town is part of the Nassau- Suffolk metro area.

West Islip History

West Islip is a census-designated area that lies towards the southwest portion of the Town of Islip. The first European settlers in the area were the Dutch. In 1624, they established a trading-post at Manhattan Island. In fact, one can still find evidence of a Dutch settlement dating back to 1625, towards the extreme western part of Long Island.

West Islip and nearby Attractions

  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Captree State Park
  • American Airpower Museum
  • Amityville Historical Society - Lauder Museum
  • Belmont Lake State Park
  • Southward Ho Golf Course

Things To Do In West Islip

At the Fire Island National Seashore, one can see high dunes, rhythmic waves, historic landmarks, ancient maritime forests and wildlife. The area has been home to diverse animals, plants and people for many centuries. The Robert Moses State Park has a five mile-long beach overlooking the ocean. People visit the park to enjoy fishing or swimming. Anglers are allowed to fish from piers. The park also has an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course and picnic areas.

West Islip Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major aiport.

West Islip Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College, SUNY College of Technolog, and Dowling College provide programs for higher studies.

People

Total Population 27,224
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,090
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 56.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.4%
Median Earnings25+ $55,923
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,129

Wealth

Median Family Income $122,795
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 7.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,225
Median House Value $411,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.4%
Irish 30.9%

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

West Islip Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Brentwood, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles E of New York, New York
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 11795
Phone Area Codes 631
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.706
Longitude -73.306

West Islip Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 10.9 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
Station PATCHOGUE 2 N
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance 24.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Babylon 214,132 $92,242
Brightwaters 3,102 $150,750

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

West Islip Public Libraries

Library
West Islip Public Library
3 HIGBIE LANE
West Islip, New York
(631) 661-7080
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West Islip Hospitals

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1000 MONTAUK HIGHWAY
(516) 661-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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WEST ISLIP SHS
1 LION'S PATH
631-893-3250
Serves 1,699 students.

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