Long Island: West Hempstead

West Hempstead, Long IslandWest Hempstead is a suburban community and census-designated place located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Hempstead.

As of the 2010 census, there were 18,862 people, 5,939 households, and 4,781 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $96,563, and the median income for a family was $106,089. The latitude of West Hempstead is 40.704N. The longitude is -73.65W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 66 feet.





About 58% of adults in West Hempstead are married. Married couples seem to be the norm here at least compared to other towns of its size. Most of its livable housing units were owner-occupied. Housing stock in the town might be described as older since the age of the average home is on the high side. Taxes on residences are higher here than most places in New York, which may reflect a commitment to education in West Hempstead.





According to the research on New York State, there were four registered sex offenders living in West Hempstead in early 2007. The ratio of number of residents in West Hempstead to the number of sex offenders is 4678 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this place is smaller than the state average.





Notable residents include Kalomoira (popular Greek singer), Orville Wright (aviator), and Marc Liebman. The racial-makeup of West Hempstead comprises of 82.69% White, 5.94% African American, 0.17% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Russian. The community is served by West Hempstead Union Free School District which has five schools consisting of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district dedicates the success of their students based on the highest standards of excellence in education.





The West Hempstead Public Library is the central facility for the library system which has a collection of more than 80000 volumes of books. The library also uses the Millennium library automation system. There are several forms of social organizations are still present and active in West Hempstead. The Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions and Young Israel all have chapters in here. Also, there are 3 organizations to cater to the needs of senior citizens and a Civic Association.





There are abundant avenues for citizens to express themselves and no one need feel alone in West Hempstead. The Hempstead Lake State Park is one of three state parks located within the Town of Hempstead. The park offers picnic tables which has a wide variety of recreation and sports facilities including hiking, biking, playgrounds, fields, a bridle path, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and a boat launch.





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