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Westbury, New York, Village Facts and Higher Education Info

Westbury, New York, is a village on Long Island. It is located near several universities, career schools and technical institutes. Read on to learn more about the village, including its population, economy and school options.

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Information about Westbury

The village of Westbury is located in Nassau County on Long Island. It is a small community of 2.36 square miles and 15,329 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. Most residents (55%) in this village were white, while 21.8% were African-American and 27.3% were Hispanic as indicated by the 2010 U.S. census. From 2010 to 2014, residents in this town had a median household income of $85,086 and a median home price of $419,200, based on census data. Although Westbury is small, its location in a densely populated metropolitan area ensures that opportunities for education, professional development, recreation and culture are abundant and easily accessible for its residents.

Westbury has a revitalized downtown area that features a variety of restaurants, shops and small businesses. An arts council, recreation center and community center are also available here. The village is about 25 miles east of Manhattan, where visitors can find the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. Well-known attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Rockefeller Center are close by.

Higher Education

Westbury doesn't have any schools in its village limits, but Old Westbury is home to 2 schools: SUNY College at Old Westbury and the New York Institute of Technology. An additional 26 nonprofit schools are located within fifteen miles of Westbury. These include Hofstra University, Adelphi University, St. John's University-New York and CUNY Queens College. Nassau Community College is the closest 2-year school to Westbury; it enrolls about 23,000 students in its certificate and associate's degree programs.

New York City, a short commute to the west by train, hosts New York University and Columbia University, as well as other institutions such as Fordham University, Barnard College and additional schools in the City University of New York system.

Economy

Per 2014 census estimates, median annual earnings by sector in Westbury was topped with public administration, at $85,766. The information sector had median annual earnings of $82,361, while finance and insurance was $66,094.

The greater New York metropolitan area is an important economic center, also, and its midtown and downtown Manhattan business districts house the headquarters of many multinational corporations as well as the two largest stock exchanges in the world, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

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