West Islip, New York

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West Islip, New York

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. The population of West Islip is 28,907.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy West Islip Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% West Islip People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% West Islip Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% West Islip Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of West Islip, New York

Comparing West Islip 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
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Age of the Population 7 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Senior Citizens 5 3
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 1 5


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 7
Working at Home 2 2
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3
Housing Recently Built 3 7
Affordability of Rents 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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West Islip Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,907 100%
Male 14,191 49.1%
Female 14,716 50.9%
Under 18 8,225 28.5%
18+ 20,682 71.5%
65+ 3,522 12.2%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.47
White 28,009 96.9%
African-American 115 0.4%
Asian 316 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.1%
Other 146 0.5%
Mixed Race 302 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,018 3.5%

West Islip 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 37%
Irish 23.2%
German 11.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
Polish 4.3%
US/American 3.4%
English 2.7%
Russian 1.6%
Greek 1.1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Norwegian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Scottish 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Jamaican 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
European 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Islip 28,907 $79,546
Babylon 12,615 $78,814
Brightwaters 3,248 $102,986
North Babylon 17,877 $69,714
North Bay Shore 14,992 $55,819
West Babylon 43,452 $67,013
West Bay Shore 4,775 $75,055

West Islip Public Libraries

West Islip Public Library
West Islip, New York
(631) 661-7080
Library Web Site

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West Islip Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(516) 661-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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