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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Hempstead is a suburb of New York City with a population of 772,296. Hempstead is in Nassau County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Hempstead offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hempstead there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Hempstead and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Hempstead are highly rated.
About Hempstead...
Population
772,296

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$421,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,554
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

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If you're looking for a town with a bad reputation, this is Hempstead. I've been to a lot of different towns in Nassau County, NY and Hempstead has one of the most deplorable reputations around. However, I've grown up going to church in this area since 1991. And each year the town has been improving but the reputation remains the same. My favorite thing about this town is, you don't ever have to leave it. We have clothing stores, office supply centers, multi cultural restaurants and vendors. You can find almost anything you need right here in Hempstead. The people have been nothing but nice to me and they support each other. However, the people are poor and without quality education. Therefore, crime rates are high, there is drug abuse, there is homelessness and all the other "bad" things you find in a low income urban community. Nonetheless, Hempstead is a community and the people as a whole really are striving for better each day.
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I have lived in Hempstead for most of my life and it the rating of "poor" is a very fair description. The public schools are poorly managed with students not receiving proper guidance an direction from teachers and counselors because of overcrowding and lack of care. The town has no diversity with almost 100% of residents being either black or hispanic. Violent crime and drug use is riddling the neighborhood. A student of either Hempstead High school or its middle school is killed almost every year since I have lived here. The glimmer of hope for this neighborhood rests in the hands of the millennials who have graduated from high school and college and are starting businesses and organizations that present Hempstead in a positive light.
Hempstead is in close distance to New York City; with bus and train transportation available right in town that run pretty frequently. Also accessible are nearby parks, convenience stores and delis, clothing stores, a variety of service-based establishments, and restaurants. It is ultimately, however, a neighborhood with potential. Roads are fixed in an untimely manner, streets tend to be riddled with litter and dog poop, and the town itself is overly industrialized in terms of its aesthetic. Furthermore, the taxes are spoken of as high and the schools are failing. These are the areas that the town can improve upon in addition to more work towards building a stronger community.