Long Island: Woodmere

Woodmere, Long IslandWoodmere is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Nassau County, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Hempstead and provides residents easy access to Atlantic Beach, Kennedy Airport, and Manhattan.

Woodmere is one of the Long Island communities known as the Five Towns which is usually comprises of the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets of Woodmere and Inwood, and “The Hewletts“, which consist of the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, and the hamlet of Hewlett.



As of the 2010 census, there were 17,121 people, 5,336 households, and 4,393 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $129,638, and the median income for a family was $142,679. The latitude of Woodmere is 40.631N. The longitude is -73.713W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 23 feet.




The hamlet was named after Samuel Wood, a landholder. It was originally name as Woodsburgh. About 69% of adults are married in Woodmere. Married couples seem to be the rule in Woodmere compared to other towns of its size. The typical family in Woodmere is better off than most in New York. The town has a large middle class. There are lots of people in Woodmere holding Bachelor’s degrees. According to the research on New York, Woodmere is a very safe place to live with just one registered sex offender living in the area in early 2007. The ratio of number of residents in Woodmere to the number of sex offenders is 16447 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this place is smaller than the state average.




Notable current and former residents of Woodmere include Lynne Barasch (author/illustrator), Lisa Glasberg (radio and TV personality), Gene Mayer (former professional tennis player), Gerard Piel (owner of Scientific American), and Alan Zweibel (producer and writer).




The racial-makeup of the hamlet comprises of 92.48% White, 1.67% African American, 0.02% Native American, 3.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. It has also become home to many Modern Orthodox Jewish families who have established a number of growing synagogues in Woodmere and throughout much of the Five Towns. In fact, the Young Israel of Woodmere is the largest Young Israel affiliated synagogue in the US. The Woodmere Lawrence Methodist Church is also an important place of worship in town.



Education in Woodmere is a major attraction for families to live in this area. The community is mostly served by Hewlett-Woodmere School District (District 14), with the remainder served by the Lawrence Public Schools (District 15). There are lots a mixture of house sizes and styles including Colonials, Tudors, capes, split-levels, and ranch styles with very affordable prices.

Find a list of Long Island Towns and hamlets in our Long Island towns section.

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