Five Towns on Long Island

Five Towns on Long Island

The Five Towns Higley 1000 Suburbs and Neighborhoods

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Five Towns is one of those geographic names that bothers all geographers. Although everyone knows where it’s located, no one is really sure of its boundaries. Located in unincorporated Southwestern Nassau County, the area’s identity was forged by the merging of the Community Chest Drives of Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, and Hewlett in 1931 (Wikipedia). The eight contiguous Higley 1000 neighborhoods can be thought of as the rich sections of Five Towns. Although the neighborhoods are seamless and uniformly beautiful, they are a crazy quilt of confusing political entities. The vast majority of the 1.4 million Nassau County suburbanites live in a vast landscape of continuous sprawl. Most of it is directly ruled by Nassau County, however there are also a large number of incorporated places that range from the troubled village of Hempstead to the highest echelons of estates village found in the United States.

Of the eight Higley 1000 Neighborhoods in Five Towns, there are four tiny elite incorporated villages (Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck, Hewlett Harbor, and Woodsburgh); two neighborhoods in much larger Lawrence; and two neighborhoods in the unincorporated places of Woodmere (Woodmere Central) and Hewlett (Hewlett Gibson).

Five Towns eight neighborhoods have 2,135 households in total. The population was 97% Non-Hispanic White in the 2000 Census. There are insignificant numbers of all racial minority groups throughout the wealthiest neighborhoods of Five Towns. However, there are a large number of Orthodox Jews in the area and even a smattering of Social Registerites (60 households in 1988).

I had the privilege of prowling the streets Five Towns a few years ago and I could not figure out why the single Block Group of Woodmere (which I call Woodmere Central in the Higley 1000) was so much wealthier than the surrounding neighborhoods. This neighborhood is a dense, small lot suburban setting that is very lovely, but, not much different from other adjacent Block Groups. If any of my readers would care to consult the map above and note where Woodmere Central is located, I’d appreciate some input as to why this neighborhood is so wealthy. (Mean Household Income: $255,261!)

Posted in Metro Briefs on Jan 25th, 2008, 3:38 pm by Stephen Higley   

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