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Hempstead is a town in Nassau County, in the New York metro area.
The town is believed to have been named for the English birthplace of one of its founders.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Hempstead. For links to other places called Hempstead, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Hempstead is 40.659N. The longitude is -73.609W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 751,064.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Hempstead demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Nassau County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Nassau-Suffolk area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 11554 ZIP code.
10% of Hempstead residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hempstead ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hempstead was $28,153, compared with $21,587 nationally.
31% of Hempstead residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Hempstead, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $847. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,855.
Libraries in Hempstead include Bellerose, East Rockaway Public Library, Floral Park Public Library, Freeport Memorial Library, Garden City Public Library, Great Neck Library - Parkville Branch, Hempstead Public Library, Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, Hillside Public Library, Island Park Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Hempstead include Floral Park Dispatch, Garden City Life, Lynbrook-East Rockaway Herald, Malverne-West Hempstead Herald, Nassau Herald, New Hyde Park Illustrated News, Oceanside-Island Park Herald, Rockville Centre Herald, Valley Stream Herald
Nassau County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hempstead political report.
Hempstead restaurants taking online reservations include Polo Restaurant at the Garden City Hotel, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Garden City ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Hempstead workers is 34 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 143 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hempstead between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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