Introduction to Hempstead, New York

Hempstead, New York, in Nassau county, is 19 miles E of New York, New York. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area with.

Hempstead History

Robert Fordham and John Carman met with the representatives of the Marsapeague, Matinecock, Mericock and Rekowake Indians in the present day village of Hempstead during the fall of 1643. They purchased the land from the tribes in order to establish a new community. Early settlers arrived in the village in the spring of 1644. The village was incorporated on May 6, 1853, and was named after the English town of Hemel Hempstead.

Hempstead and nearby Attractions

  • Jones Beach
  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
  • Hofstra Museum
  • African American Museum
  • Rock Hall Museum

Things To Do In Hempstead

In Hempstead, you can visit the Brierley Park, Campbell Park, Jones Beach and the Kennedy Memorial Park. The Bay Park Golf Course is an ideal destination for the golfers. You can also spend your leisure hours at the Adventureland Amusement Park, Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The Floating Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach is also a popular local spot.

Hempstead Transportation

International flights are available from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Hempstead Higher Education

Hofstra University, Suburban Technical School, Franklin Career Institute and the Learning Institute for Beauty Sciences lie within the village.

Hempstead Almanac

CountyNassau County
Standard Zip Codes11550
P.O. Box Zip Codes11551
Company Zip Codes11549
Phone Area Codes5,16,718, 516
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.7
Approximate Longitude-73.61

Hempstead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp25 to 38 F
Apr Temp41 to 58 F
Jul Temp66 to 83 F
Oct Temp47 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
Distance7.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 37 F
Apr Temp40 to 55 F
Jul Temp67 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.9 inches
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
South Hempstead3,123$107,500
West Hempstead20,116$121,892

Hempstead Public Libraries

Hempstead Public Library
Hempstead, New York
(516) 481-6990

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Hempstead Public Schools

Academy Charter School
117 N Franklin Ave
ZIP: 11550
(516) 408-2200
Total Enrollment 674
Alverta B Gray Schultz Middle School
70 Greenwich St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4301
Total Enrollment 1513
Barack Obama Elementary School
176 William St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4401
Total Enrollment 506
David Paterson School
40 Fulton Ave
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4451
Total Enrollment 511
Evergreen Charter School
605 Peninsula Blvd
ZIP: 11550
(516) 292-2060
Total Enrollment 298
Franklin School
335 S Franklin St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4501
Total Enrollment 774
Front Street Elementary School
436 Front St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4551
Total Enrollment 378
Hempstead High School
201 President St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4201
Total Enrollment 2226
Jackson Annex School
380 Jackson St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4601
Total Enrollment 450
Jackson Main Elementary School
451 Jackson St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4651
Total Enrollment 440
Lawrence Road Middle School
50 Lawrence Rd
ZIP: 11550
(516) 918-1501
Total Enrollment 732
Marshall School
15 E Marshall St
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4751
Total Enrollment 335
Prospect Elementary School
265 Peninsula Blvd
ZIP: 11550
(516) 434-4701
Total Enrollment 493

Hempstead Private Schools

Crescent School
130 Front St
ZIP: 11550
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 229
Little Red Train Private School
249 Jerusalem Ave
ZIP: 11550
Total Enrollment 12
Sacred Heart Academy
47 Cathedral Ave
ZIP: 11550
Total Enrollment 906
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