Westhampton Beach, Long Island
Westhampton Beach is an incorporated village located in Suffolk County, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Southampton. Westhampton Beach is approximately 78 miles from midtown Manhattan and considered by many people to be the “First Hampton” because it was the first village in the Hamptons to begin renting out rooms. It has also been one of the fastest growing communities on the eastern side of Long Island. The distance from the Village Office to the capitol in Albany is 219.42 miles. As of the 2000 census, there were 1,902 people, 1805 households, and 498 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $58,438, and the median income for a family was $74,412. Males had a median income of $55,625 and only $33,000 for females. The latitude of Westhampton Beach is 40.803N. The longitude is -72.615W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.
Westhampton Beach was first settled in 1666 as part of the Quogue Purchase. It has been a quiet community until it experienced a real estate boom in 1675 when buying land for investment purposes became very popular. In 1870, “The Hamptons Mystique” began when residents of Westhampton Beach or Ketchaboneck provided lodging to travelers who reached the area via the newly constructed Long Island Railroad spur from Manorville. Then, it was spread to other parts of the Hamptons and tourism became the most important feature of the regional economy, moving past whaling, fishing, and farming were the primary source of income of the inhabitants who lived there. The Village of Westhampton Beach became incorporated in 1928.
The racial-makeup of Westhampton beach comprises of 89.17% White, 4.63% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Today, the area offers its residents a truly high quality of life, its community activities provides a sense of identity, while its schools and governmental facilities are among of the best in New York State. The community is served by Westhampton Beach Union Free School District which has one elementary school, one intermediate school, and a high school. The district helps students to become well-educated by developing their desired moral, ethical, and cultural values. The Performing Arts Center attracts everyone especially the youth to become a professional artists. Westhampton Beach proper is the center of activity in the Greater Westhampton Beach area with tremendous shops, a super-market, and many outstanding restaurants available. Rogers and Lashley Beaches are among of the best beaches in town. Accommodation in Westhampton Beach has traditionally been in the form of houses or Bed and Breakfast type places for individual families. Most of the residences there are single family homes although there are several large cooperative and condominium complexes located within the village.