Woodmere, New York

Coordinates: 40°38′10″N 73°43′10″W / 40.63611°N 73.71944°W / 40.63611; -73.71944
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Woodmere, New York
The Long Island Rail Road station in Woodmere.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Woodmere, New York is located in Long Island
Woodmere, New York
Location within the state of New York
Woodmere, New York is located in New York
Woodmere, New York
Woodmere, New York (New York)
Coordinates: 40°38′10″N 73°43′10″W / 40.63611°N 73.71944°W / 40.63611; -73.71944
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
 • Total2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Land2.6 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total17,121
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code516
FIPS code36-82942[1]
GNIS feature ID0971684[2]

Woodmere is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 17,554 at the 2016 census.[3]

Woodmere is one of the Long Island communities known as the Five Towns, which is usually said to comprise 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, Hewlett Neck, and Woodsburgh, along with the unincorporated hamlet of Hewlett.[4]


In 1910, Woodmere considered incorporating as a village.[5] These plans, however, were unsuccessful, and Woodmere remains an unincorporated hamlet governed by the Town of Hempstead to this day.[5][6] Another attempt to incorporate Woodmere as a village was made in 1978; this proposal was also unsuccessful.[7]


U.S. Census map of Woodmere.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which 2.6 square miles (6.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.4 km2) (5.19%) is water.[8]


Woodmere has a wet and cold winter, with a warm and moderately dry summer.[citation needed] The average high is 83 in July and 39 in January. The average low in January is 24 and in July 67. The record high is 104 °F (40 °C) in July 1966, and the record low is −12 °F (−24 °C) in 1985 and 1994.

The rainiest month is May, and the driest month is August. Woodmere is prone to droughts from late July until mid-September. Woodmere receives around 22 inches (559 mm) of snow a year in an average winter. Woodmere can get strong to severe thunderstorms, and it is prone to flooding in the early fall and late spring. It has been hit by a tornado three times, in 1985, 1998, and 2021.

Woodmere was hit by Hurricane Gloria in 1985, Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.


As of the census of 2010, there were 17,121 people. The population density was 6,700 people per square mile. The percentage of family households is 86%. The racial makeup of the CDP was 84% White, 5.0% Black, 2.0% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 7% Hispanic.[9]

Woodmere has become home to many Modern Orthodox Jewish families who have established a number of synagogues in Woodmere and throughout much of the Five Towns.

There were 5,349 households, out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. Of all households 13.7% were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $93,212, and the median income for a family was $119,402. Males had a median income of $76,266 versus $41,393 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,699. About 3.5% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


Part of the community is in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District (District 14), with the rest being served by the Lawrence Public Schools (District 15).[6]

The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) Elementary School for grades 1-8 is a Jewish day school that moved in March 2017 from Long Beach to Woodmere. Their all-boys high school, known as the Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva HS for Boys (DRS), is also located in Woodmere.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 coeducational preparatory school.


The Woodmere station provides Long Island Rail Road service on the Far Rockaway Branch. There are also two Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes which travel through and serve Woodmere: the n31 and the n32.[6]

Fire department[edit]

Woodmere is served by the Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department.[6] It provides Fire, Rescue, and Advanced Life Support to Woodmere. It has approximately 75 volunteer members.

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Woodmere include:


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