Westvale, New York
|Westvale, New York|
|• Total||1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)|
|• Land||1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||505 ft (154 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0970945|
Westvale is located at (43.041716, -76.217073).
According to the United States Census Bureau, Westvale has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,166 people, 2,061 households, and 1,506 families residing in the community. The population density was 3,833.1 per square mile (1,477.5/km²). There were 2,094 housing units at an average density of 1,553.7/sq mi (598.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.87% White, 0.27% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.
There were 2,061 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $54,870, and the median income for a family was $62,071. Males had a median income of $44,107 versus $31,672 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,678. About 4.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
"Westvale" as an identity probably evolved in the early twentieth century, referring to the area west of Wescott Reservoir, accessed by, but mostly south of, West Genesee Street (since the Village of Solvay was to the north). Farther west was Fairmount, which developed earlier than most of Westvale, where the land was held off the market. The "Avery Tract" lay between the reservoir and the City of Syracuse. The Avery Tract became part of the Village of Solvay. The core of Westvale was farmland retained by a major landowning family of New York State, the Schuylers. The branch holding title to much of the property was the Parsons, recalled by Parsons Drive, a centerpiece residential boulevard with a grassy median, off West Genesee Street.
A few Westvale houses predate suburban development. The Parsons farmhouse unfortunately was replaced by development at the end of the twentieth century. West Genesee Street has a few late nineteenth century residences. Early twentieth-century streets show houses in styles of the period, especially the 1920s and 1930s. After World War II development was rapid, and most houses of Westvale now date from the later twentieth century. Westvale Plaza, one of the earliest suburban "malls" of the region, appeared in the Avery Tract shortly after World War II. It is extant (2005) as a "strip mall," while Fairmount Fair, immediately beyond Westvale to the west, came later. Its interior pedestrian concourse was roofed over about 1967, making it the first indoor, climate-controlled shopping mall in Central New York.
The stretch of West Genesee Street between the Avery Tract and Fairmout was spared commercial development through the political activism of the Westvale-Avery Club, a men's organization.
Westvale was once part of the Village of Solvay school district. Cherry Road School originally served grades K-8, thereafter students walked to Solvay High School. Since 1962, however, Westvale has been served by the Westhill Central School District.