Hempstead, New York, Township Information and Education Facts

Hempstead, New York, is a township on Long Island in Nassau County, New York. It's in close proximity to such institutions of higher learning as New York University, Hofstra University and Nassau Community College. Read on to learn more about Hempstead.

Information about Hempstead

As of the 2010 census, Hempstead had a total population of 759,757, making it one of America's largest townships. The ethnic makeup of Hempstead as of 2010 was approximately 68.3 percent Caucasian, 16.5 percent African-American, 5.2 percent Asian and 17.4 percent Hispanic or Latino. Nassau County provides services to more than 60 villages and about 100 areas that do not have incorporated governments of their own.

Nassau Couny maintains 70 parks and museums, in addition to landmarks and recreation areas, covering 6,000 acres. A wide range of sports facilities are also available, including courts and fields for soccer, tennis, baseball, golf, skating, swimming and basketball. Hempstead's location near the Atlantic Ocean means fishing and boating are available. Various museums operate in the town. Nearby New York City, of which Hempstead is considered a suburb, offers some of the world's most well-known tourist destinations, including Broadway, Times Square and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Higher Education

Hempstead is home to Hofstra University, a private, doctoral degree-granting university, and the Franklin Career Institute. Other colleges and universities in the area include Nassau Community College and Adelphi University, while nearby New York City has many world-renowned schools, including New York University, Columbia University, Barnard College (affiliated with Columbia), the Juilliard School and Fordham University. New York's northern suburbs boast Sarah Lawrence College, while the city and state of New York operate the CUNY (City University of New York) and SUNY (State University of New York) systems, respectively.

Economy and Employment

For the period 2010-2014, the median household income in the Hempstead was $94,158 per year. Median annual earning reports, per 2014 census estimates, found that those in utilities made $79,922. Public administration made $73,728, while finance and insurance had a median annual wage of $72,007.

Many Hempstead residents commute to nearby Manhattan for work, where many of the world's largest corporations are headquartered. Manhattan and New York City as a whole are among the world's most important centers for finance, banking, advertising, trade and transportation.

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