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Overview

Introduction to West Hempstead, New York

West Hempstead, New York, in Nassau county, is 1 miles W of Hempstead, New York and 17 miles E of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area with.

West Hempstead History

West Hempstead is a suburban community in the Town of Hempstead. The region was first settled in by Europeans in 1644, after the Indian inhabitants and English colonists had established a treaty the preceding year. There are various theories behind the naming of the area. It may have been named after Hemel Hemsptead in UK, or Heemstede, a Dutch city. Some say that the name of the area might have been a reference to a colonial law which required farmers of the town to grow cash crop and hemp in alternate years to replenish the soil.

West Hempstead and nearby Attractions

  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Valley Stream State Park
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
  • African American Museum
  • Hofstra Museum
  • Garden City Golf Club

Things To Do In West Hempstead

The Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead is one of the three state parks that can be found in Hempstead. It has three ponds that are stocked with many varieties of fish and offer a pleasurable fishing experience. The park also has wooded picnic areas, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, tennis courts and sports fields. Recreational programs are regularly organized at the park, which also has facilities for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

West Hempstead Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is only 10 miles away.

West Hempstead Higher Education

Nassau Community College, Adelphi University and Hofstra University provide facilities for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,229
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens15.1%
Employed Population 16+9,180
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married52.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.6%
Median Earnings25+$46,903
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,531
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,375

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,996
% Above Poverty Level94.1%
% Below Poverty Level5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation14.3%

Housing

People Living Alone18.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,699
Median House Value$401,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.8%
Italian21.4%
Irish12.4%
German9.2%
West Indian5%
Polish3.7%
Jamaican2.7%
Russian2.3%
English2.1%
Greek1.8%
Haitian1.4%
Israeli1%
Arab1%
Hungarian0.9%
Guyanese0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Turkish0.6%
African0.5%
French Except Basque0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Senegalese0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
British0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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West Hempstead Almanac

CategoryValue
County Nassau County
Standard Zip Codes11552
Phone Area Codes516
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.69
Approximate Longitude-73.65

West Hempstead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMINEOLA
Distance2.7 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
StationNEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp67 to 83 F
Oct Temp49 to 64 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches
StationWANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance8.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Franklin Square31,601$103,730
Hempstead768,708$112,517
Lakeview6,577$114,283
Stewart Manor2,018$135,764

West Hempstead Public Libraries

West Hempstead Public Library
500 HEMPSTEAD AVENUE
West Hempstead, New York
(516) 481-6591

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West Hempstead Public Schools

Chestnut Street School
252 Chestnut St
ZIP: 11552
(516) 390-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 137
Cornwell Avenue School
250 Cornwell Ave
ZIP: 11552
(516) 390-3140
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
George Washington School
347 William St
ZIP: 11552
(516) 390-3130
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
West Hempstead High School
400 Nassau Blvd
ZIP: 11552
(516) 390-3214
High
Total Enrollment 798
West Hempstead Middle School
450 Nassau Blvd
ZIP: 11552
(516) 390-3160
Middle
Total Enrollment 483

West Hempstead Private Schools

Hanc - West Hempstead
609 Hempstead Ave
ZIP: 11552
Elementary
Total Enrollment 292
St Thomas The Apostle School
12 Westminster Rd
ZIP: 11552
Elementary
Total Enrollment 384
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