Williston Park, New York

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Williston Park, New York

Introduction to Williston Park, New York

Williston Park, New York, in Nassau County, is 3 miles N of Hempstead, New York and 17 miles E of New York, New York. The village has a population of 7,261.

Williston Park History

Williston Park came into existence in 1926, when New York City developer William Chatlos purchased land in the region in order to create a community for those who worked in New York City but wanted to live in the suburbs. It was named Williston Park in honor of Samuel and Henry Willis, settlers who arrived in the area in the 17th century.

Williston Park and nearby Attractions

  • African American Museum
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Belmont Park race track
  • Eisenhower Park
  • Blue Mountain
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Things To Do In Williston Park

Local museums include the African American Museum, the Cradle of Aviation Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island. The Apollo Theater, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic are all accessible from Williston Park as well. Local parks and recreational areas include Belmont Lake State Park and Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Belmont Park Race Track, the Bronx Zoo and the Brooklyn Borough Hall are other popular local destinations.

Williston Park Transportation

Flights are available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Williston Park Higher Education

Adelphi University, the College of New Rochelle, Saint John's University and CUNY Queensborough Community College are all located nearby.

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High Points

Williston Park 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 Williston Park Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Williston Park Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Williston Park Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Williston Park People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Williston Park Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Williston Park Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Williston Park, New York

Comparing Williston Park 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
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Age of the Population 8 7
Racial Diversity 8 8
Senior Citizens 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Male Share of the Population 3 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Short Commute Times 1 3
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 4
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Affordability of Rents 1 2
Housing Recently Built 1 3

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Williston Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11596
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.756
Longitude -73.645

Williston Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.2 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 10.6 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 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
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Williston Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,261 100%
Male 3,406 46.9%
Female 3,855 53.1%
Under 18 1,690 23.3%
18+ 5,571 76.7%
65+ 1,178 16.2%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.27
White 6,551 90.2%
African-American 29 0.4%
Asian 507 7%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 98 1.3%
Mixed Race 72 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 313 4.3%

Estimated Williston Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,113
Growth -148
Growth % -2%

Williston Park 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
Irish 26.8%
Italian 25.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
German 9.6%
Polish 4.5%
Portuguese 3.8%
US/American 3.7%
English 2.3%
Greek 1.4%
Russian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Guyanese 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Williston Park 7,261 $83,223
Albertson 5,200 $77,516
East Williston 2,503 $118,611
Garden City Park 7,554 $81,580
Herricks 4,076 $84,451
Manhasset Hills 3,661 $109,613
Mineola 19,234 $71,042

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