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%).

Because of many things, West Islip is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making West Islip a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, West Islip has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, West Islip is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the West Islip area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of West Islip are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.