Hempstead, NY
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Hempstead is a larger medium-sized village located in the state of New York. With a population of 55,547 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Hempstead is the 17th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Hempstead are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Unlike some villages, Hempstead isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hempstead are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hempstead is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hempstead who work in office and administrative support (12.43%), maintenance occupations (12.39%), and sales jobs (10.65%).

One downside of living in Hempstead is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hempstead, the average commute to work is 32.58 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the village, public transportation in Hempstead is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Hempstead, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Hempstead are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.99% of adults in Hempstead have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Hempstead in 2010 was $21,879, which is low income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,516 for a family of four. However, Hempstead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hempstead is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Hempstead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hempstead residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Hempstead also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 43.28% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hempstead include Haitian, Italian, Irish, and Guyanese.

Hempstead also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 39.87%.

The most common language spoken in Hempstead is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.