Town Of Hempstead
Town Of Hempstead
Communities In The Town Of Hempstead
About The Town Of Hempstead…
Hempstead is a town located in the southwestern part of Nassau County on Long Island, New York. It is bordered by the borough of Queens in New York City to the west, the Town of North Hempstead to the north, the Town of Oyster Bay to the northeast and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It is the largest township in terms of population in the United States, and is the second most populous municipality in the state, next to New York City.
The Town is about 142 square miles, and has 22 incorporated villages and 34 unincorporated areas, including a village also named Hempstead located within it. The area also includes some parts of the barrier islands on Long Island: Long Beach and Jones Beach Island. The Town has more than 65 parks and marinas, including three state parks, namely Hempstead Lake State Park, Valley Stream State Park, and Jones Beach State Park, which is regarded as the most popular beach in the country’s east coast.
The Town of Hempstead is divided into six districts, with one Council Member representing each geographic area. Several institutions of higher learning are located within the Town, including Nassau Community College in Garden City, Molloy College in Rockville Centre, and the main campus of the largest private university on Long Island, Hofstra University, in the Village of Hempstead.
Founded in 1644, the Town of Hempstead was originally named “Heemstede,” which is possibly a Dutch version of the town name of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England, the birthplace of town co-founder John Carman. The Town was once part of Queens County and included the Town of North Hempstead, until differences in allegiance resulted in its division in 1784 into North Hempstead and South Hempstead, which was renamed Hempstead in 1801.