West Hempstead, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Hempstead, New York - Basic Facts

The West Hempstead Census Designated Place had a population of 19,376 as of July 1, 2016. West Hempstead ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Hempstead is located at latitude 40.6958 and longitude -73.6505 in Nassau County. The formal boundaries for the West Hempstead Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Nassau County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 69 feet.

The West Hempstead Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2390475) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Hempstead Census Designated Place is located within Town of Hempstead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nassau County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Hempstead population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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West Hempstead, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 19,376
Population in Households 19,347
Population in Familes 17,296
Population in Group Qrtrs 29
Population Density1 7,296
Diversity Index2 67


Total Households 6,036
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 4,833
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 6,253 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,207 (83.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 829 (13.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 217 ( 3.5%)
Median Home Value $435,386
Average Home Value $463,352


Median Household Income $100,456
Average Household Income $122,224
Per Capita Income $38,123
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.43% 0.41%
Households 0.26% 0.3%
Families 0.17% 0.25%
Median Household Income   1.56%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Hempstead, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Hempstead to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 88 93rd
Population Density1 # 62 95th
Diversity Index2 # 97 92nd
Median Household Income # 208 83rd
Per Capita Income # 358 70th

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