West Islip, New York
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West Islip, New York
U.S. Census map
|• Total||6.8 sq mi (17.5 km2)|
|• Land||6.3 sq mi (16.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|Elevation||20 ft (6 m)|
|• Density||4,200/sq mi (1,600/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0969276|
West Islip is a hamlet and CDP located in the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Situated on the South Shore of Long Island, the population of the CDP was 28,335 at the time of the 2010 census.
West Islip is located at (40.715008, -73.297746).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), of which 6.3 square miles (16.4 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 6.46%, is water.
Great South Bay, Jones Beach Island and Fire Island lie to the south. Babylon and North Babylon form the western border. Bay Shore lies to the east, and in the north West Islip borders on Deer Park and Brentwood. West Islip is 45 miles (72 km) east of Manhattan and 45 miles (72 km) west of Southampton, New York. West Islip's western boundary is a natural one formed by Sampawams Creek, Hawley's Lake, Deer Lake and Swan Creek.
The first people to settle in the area were the Secatogue Indians. The unearthing of an Indian burial ground north of West Islip beach enabled historians to reconstruct a village of these Indians who lived along the edges of the Great South Bay, Sampawams Creek, Trues Creek and Willetts Creek.
In the early 17th century, the West Islip area came under the influence of the Dutch. In 1664 it came under English rule when the Duke of York claimed Long Island with the permission of King Charles II.
During the 19th century, the community became a popular haven of wealthy estate owners. Among these were the Magoun, Udall, Gerek and Smith families. Farming and fishing were the main occupations. In the mid-19th century, the completion of the Long Island Rail Road brought travelers to West Islip.
Today West Islip has its own fire department, post office, public library and Good Samaritan Hospital. A short drive affords access to good fishing and swimming. West Islip boasts its own beach and marina.
Demographics of the CDP
As of the census of 2010, there were 28,335 people in 9,040 households in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.9% White, 1.7% Asian, 0.6% Black, 0.1% Native American, and 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% being multiracial.
There were 7,459 families, out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. Nearly 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% 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 3.43.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $103,789, and the median income for a family was $117,451. Males had a median income of $75,868 versus $54,389 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $38,933. About 2.9% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Public school districts:
Children living in West Islip attend grades K-5 in one of the district's four elementary schools, and grades 6–8 in one of two middle schools. Elementary and middle schools in West Islip are assigned by demographics. Children in families living on the south side of the LIRR Babylon/Montauk branch tracks are assigned to either Bayview Elementary, or Paul J. Bellew Elementary. Children who live on the north side of the tracks attend either Manetuck Elementary, or Oquenock Elementary School. In 2012 the school district closed two elementary schools; Kirdahy (Captree) Elementary School and Westbrook Elementary School. North side junior high school students attend Udall Road Middle School, and those on the south side attend Beach Street Middle school. For high school all middle schoolers move up to West Islip High School (located at 1 Lions Path, off of Higbie Lane) for 9th grade through 12th grade graduation.
In popular culture
Flash-based internet cartoon series Homestar Runner references West Islip in the cartoon "old comics". An apparent West Islip resident e-mails Strong Bad, which results in the character mispronouncing the name of the town as "is-lip" rather than the common pronunciation "ice-lip". Strong Bad also parodies the name, imagining West Islip as a "British new wave band". A poster for the fictional band later appears in the character's video game, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.
American Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell made many prints at ULAE located in West Islip. He named one print "West Islip" in tribute to the locale and the print shop where the edition was pulled.
- Matt Anderson, New Jersey Devils forward
- A. J. Benza, gossip columnist and television host
- Tom Bohrer, two time Olympic silver medalist in the coxless four (1988 and 1992) and head coach of the Boston University Men's Crew.
- Sal Caccavale, former MLS player for the New York Red Bulls
- Kevin Cosgrove, victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks whose 9-1-1 call and last words were recorded
- Thomas Joseph Downey, congressman from 1975 to 1993, West Islip High School Class of 1966
- Edie Falco, actress best known for her role on the long-running hit TV series The Sopranos
- Sean Henry, CEO of the Nashville Predators
- Minor C. Keith, railroad, fruit and shipping magnate
- Aidan Kelly (luger), 2014 USA Olympic Luge slider
- Mike Komisarek, retired NHL player for the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Rick Lazio, 1976 WIHS graduate, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 2nd congressional district, 1993–2001
- Ken Marino, best known for his work with MTV’s The State and Wet Hot American Summer
- Al Oerter, Olympic discus thrower. Prior to Mexico City Olympics in 1968 he lived in West Islip and would frequently work out at the high school field.
- Gary Sullivan, professional soccer player
- Brett Swenson, placekicker in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts) born in West Islip
- Kris Statlander, professional wrestler for All Elite Wrestling
- Nick Tropeano, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Frank Vignola, virtuoso guitarist
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