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Westbury is an incorporated village in Nassau Countymarker, New Yorkmarker in the United Statesmarker. The population was 14,263 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Westbury is in the Town of North Hempsteadmarker.

Westbury is a very diverse community, made up of Italian-Americans, African-Americans and Hispanic Americans. Many of the Hispanics are of Salvadoranmarker origin. However, the neighborhood has more recently seen an influx of Arab-Americans and Indian-Americans. Many of the Italian-Americans in the village trace their origins to the town of Durazzanomarker in Southern Italy, and are closely related. A great number still reside on the Hill across from Saint Brigid's Church. The nickname for the village since the mid-1970s has been "A Community for All Seasons" (presumably, because residents tend to live there 12 months of the year).

History

The first settlers arrived in 1658 in the region known as the Hempstead Plains. Many of the early settlers were Quakers. The village was incorporated in 1932.

Geography

Westbury is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.

In addition to Westbury Village itself, unincorporated regions surrounding its borders also use the Westbury name, including New Casselmarker, Salisburymarker (South Westbury) and parts of Jerichomarker. For example, the world-famous Westbury Music Fairmarker performing venue (now known as the Capital One Theatre at Westbury), located in the Westbury postal zone, is part of the Jericho hamlet.

The region is grouped under the name Greater Westbury, a region that also includes organizations with common interests, such as those in Carle Place, New Yorkmarker and Old Westbury, New Yorkmarker. The school districts that serve the Greater Westbury region, based on the boundaries, are Westbury (including New Cassel), Carle Place, East Meadowmarker, East Willistonmarker and Jericho.

Westbury School District students attend Westbury High School, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in Old Westbury this year.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,263 people, 4,638 households, and 3,441 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,979.0 people per square mile (2,304.2/km2). There were 4,714 housing units at an average density of 1,976.1/sq mi (761.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 61.62% White, 22.65% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.72% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 5.95% from other races, and 4.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.85% of the population.

There were 4,638 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.49.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $74,032, and the median income for a family was $77,988. Males had a median income of $41,844 versus $36,316 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,018. About 3.6% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

Notable natives of Westbury include:
  • Bradford D. Carroll, Sports Editor and T.V. writer
  • DJ Rekha, Credited for starting New York's South Asian bhangra scene
  • Doctor Dre, rapper, MTV VJ and also DJ for Power 105.1 in New York
  • Russ Hauck, U.S. Naval Academy, Mayor of Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • Paul Hewitt, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Georgia Tech
  • Skip Jutze, Major League Baseball player - Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Bill O'Reilly, Fox News talk show host
  • Joe Satriani, virtuoso guitarist, composer, producer and guitar teacher


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