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West Islip, New York
—  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; -73.29778
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 28,907
 - Density 4,665.7/sq mi (1,801.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11795
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-80302[1]
GNIS feature ID 0969276[2]

West Islip is a census-designated place (CDP) located is in southwest part of the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York. The population was 28,907 at the 2000 census.



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 (17.2 km²), of which, 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 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 46 miles east of Manhattan, New York City and 53 miles west of Southampton, NY.

West Islip is located on the south shore of Long Island about 45 miles east of New York City. A principal hamlet of 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. West Islip's western boundary is a natural one formed by Sumpwams Creek, Hawley's Lake, Deer Lake and Swan Creek. 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 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 1600s, 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 1800s, 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 1800's, 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 1700's 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 twentieth 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. While 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 4000 acres 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)


As of the census of 2000, there were 28,907 people, 28,503 households, and 7,591 families residing in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.0% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 28,503 households 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 $88,270, and the median income for a family was $92,714[4]. Males had a median income of $65,440 versus $37,185 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $36,596. About 3.6% of families and 3.9% 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.





    • 1985 Suffolk County Champions - Football (Rutgers Trophy Winners)
    • 1993 Suffolk County Division II Champions - Football
    • 1994 Division II Long Island Champions - Football (Rutgers Trophy Winners)
    • 2006 New York State Class "A" Champions - Boy's Lacrosse
    • 2007 New York State Class "A" Champions - Boy's Lacrosse
    • 2009 New York State Class "A" Champions - Boy's Lacrosse
    • 1989 New York State Champions - Girl's Soccer
    • 2009 Suffolk County and Long Island Champions - Girls Soccer
    • 2007 Suffolk County Division II Champions - Boy's Swimming

Robotics Awards

    • 2009
      • SBPLI Greening Long Island Award
    • 2008
      • SBPLI Greening Long Island Award
    • 2007
      • Nationals - Top 5 Globally, Autodesk Inventor Award
      • Winner of 3rd Annual Deer Park Invitational
    • 2006
      • Long Island Pumpkin Fling- 2nd Place
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional - Underwriters Laboratories industrial Safety Award
      • Nationals - 3rd Globally, Autodesk Inventor Award
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional - Web Site Excellence Award
    • 2005
      • Annual Long Island Pumpkin Fling- 1st Place
      • Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers award for Business at the SBPLI Long Island Regional.
    • 2004
      • Annual Long Island Pumpkin Fling- 2nd Place
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional- Chairman's Award
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional- Woodie Flowers Award
    • 2003
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional- Second Place Alliance
    • 2002
      • SBPLI Long Island Regional-Rookie All Star Award
      • BattleCry3@WPI- Rookie All Star Award

Parks and Recreation

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".

Residents (past and present)


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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External links

West Islip Historical Society

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