West Islip, NY
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West Islip is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 28,439 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, West Islip is the 47th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in West Islip 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.

West Islip is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Islip is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Islip who work in office and administrative support (15.26%), sales jobs (13.56%), and management occupations (9.71%).

West Islip 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 Islip’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

West Islip is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in West Islip use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of West Islip‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of West Islip citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.44% of adults in West Islip have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Islip in 2010 was $40,931, 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 $163,724 for a family of four.

The people who call West Islip home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Islip residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Islip include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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