West Hempstead is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. West Hempstead is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead and is represented by Councilman Edward Ambrosino.
West Hempstead is located at 40°41′47″N 73°39′9″W / 40.69639°N 73.65250°W / 40.69639; -73.65250 (40.696409, -73.652522). It lies on a gently sloping terrain between the Hempstead Plains and the Atlantic Ocean. Pine Stream runs through the center of West Hempstead, feeding into Halls Pond. The community is bound on the east by Hempstead Lake State Park and on the south by the Southern State Parkway.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km), of which 2.7 square miles (7.0 km) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km) (3.64%) is water.
As of the 2010 2010 Census, there were 4,867 families residing in the West Hempstead Census Designated Place (CDP) and the population density was 7,039.1 per square mile (2,716.2/km²). There were 6,110 housing units at an average density of 2,298.3/sq mi (886.9/km²).
There were 6,024 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.47.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $97,627 and the median income for a family was $102,481. Males had a median income of $52,391 versus $39,871 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,732. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the American Community Survey of 2013-2017, there were 19,841 people in 6,148 households. The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.8% White, 12.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 9.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 11.3% from other races, and 4.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.3% of the population.
In the 2017 ACS, the CDP population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18 and 14.8% age 65 or older. The median age was 40.3 years.
The CDP is 5.1% people under age 5, 5.8% people age 5-9 years old, 7.9% people age 10-14 years old, 7.3% people age 15-19 years old, 7.0% people age 20-24 years old, 11.8% people age 25-34 years old, 11.1% people age 35-44 years old, 16.5% people age 45-54 years old, 7.2% people age 55-59 years old, 5.6% people age 60-64 years old,, 8.1% people age 65-74 years old, 4.1% people age 75-84 years old, and 2.6% people age 85 or older.
In 2017, the West Hempstead CDP population had an approximately even number of males (9,922) and females (9,919). However, there is nuance to this data: for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males, and for every 100 females age 65 or over, there were only 65.7 males.
West Hempstead, along with adjoining Franklin Square has a sizable Orthodox Jewish population that counts seven synagogues and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County elementary school among its local institutions.