West Islip, Long Island
West Islip is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Islip and is an exciting community with a great mix of recreation and business.
West Islip is bordered on the North by Brentwood, on the east by Bay Shore, on the south by the Great South Bay, and on the west by the village of Babylon. West Islip's western boundary is a natural one formed by Sumpwams Creek, Hawley's Lake, Deer Lake, and Swan Creek.
As of the 2010 census, there were 28,335 people, 9,047 households, and 7,459 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $97,242, and the median income for a family was $105,844. Males had a median income of $75,094 and just $50,889 for females. The latitude of West Islip is 40.706N. The longitude is -73.306W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.
The Secatogue Indians were the first people to settle in West Islip more than one thousand years ago. In the early 1600's, the community came under the influence of the Dutch. It came under English rule when the Duke of York claimed Long Island with the permission of King Charles II in 1664.
In later years, the land was bought by Thomas and William Willetts through an agreement with the Secatogue Indians. They found the area well suited for farming and hunting and the many waterways abundant with fish and shellfish. In the twentieth century, West Islip had become an attractive suburban home community with its own fire department, post office, public library, and Good Samaritan Hospital.
Several notable residents living in West Islip include Al Oerter (Olympic discus thrower), Gary Sullivan (soccer player), Edie Falco (actress), Mike Komisarek (NHL player), and Thomas Joseph Downey (former US congressman). The racial-makeup comprises of 95.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.01% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races.
The community is served by West Islip School District which has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The total enrollment of 3 years and over is approximately 8,396 students. West Islip also has its own beach and marina. There are two major malls each only about 10 minutes away, major roads close by and a five minuet Long Island Rail Road commute from adjacent Babylon.