West Hempstead, New York
West Hempstead, New York
|• Total||2.8 sq mi (7.1 km2)|
|• Land||2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0969246|
West Hempstead is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. West Hempstead is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead and is represented by Councilman Edward Ambrosino.
West Hempstead first appeared on maps as the name of a Long Island Railroad station in 1893. There are 3 railroad stations within its borders: West Hempstead, Hempstead Gardens, and Lakeview. The line continues to Valley Stream where it joins the Babylon Branch. Halls Pond Park, the main park within West Hempstead, was dedicated by Nassau County in 1961. The smaller Echo Park contains a public indoor pool. Its name is derived from the community's first four little league teams: Eagles, Cardinal, Hawks, and Orioles. In 1956, the West Hempstead Public Library was founded and chartered by the State in 1967. Its present 28,000 square-foot facility was completed in 2007.
In 2001, residents of West Hempstead held a nonbinding referendum on renaming the community. The vote followed a two-year effort by the West Hempstead Civic Association and the West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce to give the community a unique name, distancing itself from the neighboring and urbanized Hempstead. By a 94-vote margin, West Hempstead retained its name over the proposed Mayfair Park.
West Hempstead is easily accessed from the Southern State Parkway at Exit 17N.
The West Hempstead Union Free School District currently operates 5 schools; 1 kindergarten, 2 elementary, 1 middle school and 1 high school.
West Hempstead is located at  It lies on a gently sloping terrain between the Hempstead Plains and the Atlantic Ocean. Pine Stream runs through the center of West Hempstead, feeding into Halls Pond. The community is bound on the east by Hempstead Lake State Park and on the south by the Southern State Parkway.(40.696409, -73.652522).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (3.64%) is water.
As of the 2010 2010 Census, there were 4,867 families residing in the West Hempstead Census Designated Place (CDP) and the population density was 7,039.1 per square mile (2,716.2/km²). There were 6,110 housing units at an average density of 2,298.3/sq mi (886.9/km²).
There were 6,024 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.47.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $97,627 and the median income for a family was $102,481. Males had a median income of $52,391 versus $39,871 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,732. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the American Community Survey of 2013-2017, there were 19,841 people in 6,148 households. The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.8% White, 12.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 9.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 11.3% from other races, and 4.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.3% of the population.
In the 2017 ACS, the CDP population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18 and 14.8% age 65 or older. The median age was 40.3 years.
The CDP is 5.1% people under age 5, 5.8% people age 5-9 years old, 7.9% people age 10-14 years old, 7.3% people age 15-19 years old, 7.0% people age 20-24 years old, 11.8% people age 25-34 years old, 11.1% people age 35-44 years old, 16.5% people age 45-54 years old, 7.2% people age 55-59 years old, 5.6% people age 60-64 years old,, 8.1% people age 65-74 years old, 4.1% people age 75-84 years old, and 2.6% people age 85 or older.
In 2017, the West Hempstead CDP population had an approximately even number of males (9,922) and females (9,919). However, there is nuance to this data: for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males, and for every 100 females age 65 or over, there were only 65.7 males.
West Hempstead, along with adjoining Franklin Square has a sizable Orthodox Jewish population that counts seven synagogues and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County elementary school among its local institutions.
- Devon Cajuste, National Football League tight end, lived in West Hempstead.
- Nathan Englander, American short story writer and novelist, was born and raised in West Hempstead.
- Kalomoira, popular Greek singer, was born in West Hempstead.
- Lucien Laurin, award-winning horse trainer and Belmont Stakes champion, lived in West Hempstead.
- Don McPherson, former National Football League quarterback, went to West Hempstead High School.
- Mark Mendoza, bassist of Twisted Sister, was born and raised in West Hempstead.
- Andrew Stewart, former National Football League lineman for the Cleveland Browns, attended West Hempstead High School.
- Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist and journalist, was the headmaster of the West Hempstead-based District 17 Schoolhouse.
- Orville Wright, Inventor of powered flight, lived in West Hempstead in the early 1930s.
- Joseph J. Sarcona, coached West Hempstead's Little League team to Long Island's first Little League World Series Championship, in 1962. 
- The West Hempstead Chiefs Soccer Club has girls and boys teams at both the intramural level and the Long Island Junior Soccer Leavue travel division level.
- The New York Equestrian Center, Horse Riding & Boarding has horse trails and riding lessons.
- Hempstead Lake State Park
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