West Islip, New York

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West Islip, New York
—  Hamlet and CDP  —
U.S. Census Map
West Islip, New York is located in New York
West Islip, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°42′54″N 73°17′52″W / 40.715°N 73.29778°W / 40.715; -73.29778Coordinates: 40°42′54″N 73°17′52″W / 40.715°N 73.29778°W / 40.715; -73.29778
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Land 6.2 sq mi (16.0 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 29,281
 • Density 4,665.7/sq mi (1,801.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11702, 11795
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-80302[1]
GNIS feature ID 0969276[2]

West Islip is a hamlet and CDP, located in Suffolk County, New York, USA. Situated on the south shore of Long Island, the population of the CDP was 29,907 at the time of the 2000 census.


[edit] Geography

West Islip is located at 40°42′54″N 73°17′52″W / 40.715°N 73.29778°W / 40.715; -73.29778 (40.715008, -73.297746)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which, 6.2 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (6.49%) is water.

Great South Bay, Jones Beach Island and Fire Island lie to the south. Babylon and North Babylon form the western Border. Bay Shore lies to the east, and in the north West Islip borders on Deer Park and Brentwood. West Islip is 45 miles (72 km) east of Manhattan, New York City and 50 miles (80 km) west of Southampton, NY.

West Islip is located on the south shore of Long Island about 45 miles (72 km) east of New York City. A hamlet shared by the Town of Babylon and the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, West Islip is bordered on the north by Brentwood, on the east by Bay Shore, on the south by the Great South Bay, and on the west by the village of Babylon and North Babylon. West Islip's western boundary is a natural one formed by Sumpwams Creek, Hawley's Lake, Deer Lake and Swan Creek.

[edit] History

The first people to settle in this area more than one thousand years ago were the Secatogue Indians. The unearthing of an Indian burial ground north of West Islip beach enabled historians to reconstruct a village of these Indians who lived along the edges of the Great South Bay, Sumpwams Creek, Trues Creek and Willets Creek.

One of the main Indian trails was Udall's Road which was the first road in Suffolk County to run north and south. It was named for the Richard Udall family who had an estate on South Country Road (now Montauk Highway).

In the early 17th century, the West Islip area came under the influence of the Dutch. In 1664 it came under English rule when the Duke of York claimed Long Island with the permission of King Charles II.

In 1692 this land was purchased by Thomas and William Willetts through an agreement with the Secatogue Indians. These settlers found the area well suited for farming and hunting and the many waterways abundant with fish and shellfish. Since the Willetts owned most of West Islip, additional families did not arrive until late in the 1770s when parcels of land were sold to others. The tax rolls of 1757 only listed Willetts.

During the 19th century, the community became a popular haven of wealthy estate owners. Among these were the Magoun, Udall, Gerek and Smith families. Farming, charcoal production, lumbering and fishing were the main occupations. In the mid-19th century, the completion of the Long Island Railroad brought travelers to West Islip and helped make the La Grange Inn a popular attraction. The Inn had been established in the mid-18th century by the Higbie family.

The first schoolhouse was started in 1807 and was located on South Country Road. One of our first teachers, G.M. Bishop, taught for thirty-three years and by 1872 had sixty-four students in his class.

West Islip's population continued to grow slowly and the 1930 census recorded 734 residents. In the early part of the 20th century, many Ukrainian people settled in West Islip seeking refuge from political repression and economic hardships. Some worked as gardeners on the estates while others became farmers, land owners and owners of small businesses. The Ukrainian heritage is still part of the community.

From 1940 until 1970, West Islip experienced most of its population growth. It had become an attractive suburban home community with its own fire department, post office, public library and Good Samaritan Hospital. A short drive on the Robert Moses Causeway affords access to good fishing at the Captree Boat Basin and swimming at the Robert Moses State Park. West Islip boasts its own beach and marina.

Today West Islip is situated on over 4,000 acres (16 km2) and approximately 35,000 residents make West Islip their home. Numerous community groups offer support services and cultural enrichment for its residents. In addition to the various clubs and organizations affiliated with its schools and churches, there are the Chamber of Commerce, West Islip Beautification Society, American Legion, the Chamber Orchestra Society, Youth Enrichment Services and the West Islip Fire Department. In addition, every September the West Islip Bicentennial Committee sponsors a county fair. (AM)

[edit] Demographics for the CDP

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,907[4] people in 8,833 households in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.9% White, 1.1% Asian, 0.4% Black, 0.1% Native American, and 0.5% from other races, and 1.0% being multiracial.

There were 7,591 families out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.21 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $101,623,[5] and the median income for a family was $107,736.[6] Males had a median income of $65,440 versus $37,185 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $37,151. About 2.3% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Transportation

West Islip is served by the Babylon station of the Long Island Railroad.

[edit] Health

[edit] Education

Children living in West Islip attend grades K-5 in one of the district's six elementary schools, and grades 6-8 in one of two middle schools. Elementary and middle schools in West Islip are assigned by demographics. Children in families living on the south side of the LIRR Babylon/Montauk branch tracks are assigned to either Bayview Elementary, Paul J. Bellew Elementary, or Captree Elementary School. Children who live on the North side of the tracks attend either Manetuck Elementary, Westbrook Elementary, or Oquenock Elementary School. North side junior high school students attend Udall Road Middle School, and those on the South side attend Beach Street Middle school. For high school all middle schoolers move up to West Islip High School (located at 1 Lions Path, off of Higbie Lane) for 9th grade through 12th grade graduation.

[edit] Parks and recreation

[edit] In popular culture

The Flash cartoon Homestar Runner makes fun of West Islip in this cartoon when Strong Bad calls West Islip a "British New Wave band", and mispronounces Islip as "Is Lip".

[edit] Residents (past and present)

[edit] References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  6. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=&geo_id=16000US3680302&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US36%7C16000US3680302&_street=&_county=west+islip&_cityTown=west+islip&_state=04000US36&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=DEC_2000_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null:null&_keyword=&_industry=
  7. ^ http://www.officialvillagepeople.com/Jeff%20page.html

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