West Hempstead, NY
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West Hempstead is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 19,125 people and six constituent neighborhoods, West Hempstead is the 96th largest community in New York.

West Hempstead home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but West Hempstead real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

West Hempstead is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Hempstead is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Hempstead who work in office and administrative support (16.73%), sales jobs (10.68%), and management occupations (10.14%).

Also of interest is that West Hempstead has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

West Hempstead is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, West Hempstead’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In West Hempstead, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.04 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Even though West Hempstead is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of West Hempstead citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.54% of adults in West Hempstead have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Hempstead in 2010 was $37,244, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,976 for a family of four. However, West Hempstead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Hempstead is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West Hempstead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Hempstead residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Hempstead also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.81% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Hempstead include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of West Hempstead's cultural character, accounting for 20.82% of the town’s population.

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