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East Williston, New York
Incorporated Village of East Williston
The East Williston Village Hall and Fire Department, as seen in September 2021.
The East Williston Village Hall and Fire Department, as seen in September 2021.
Official logo of East Williston, New York
Official emblem of East Williston
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
East Williston, New York is located in New York
East Williston, New York
East Williston, New York
Location in New York
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town North Hempstead
Incorporated 1926
Named for The Willis family; its location being more easterly than Williston in Upstate New York
 • Type Village Board
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Land 0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
118 ft (36 m)
 • Total 2,556
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,481.55/sq mi (1,731.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-23217
GNIS feature ID 0949275

East Williston is an incorporated village in the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 2,556 at the 2010 census.


Most of the farmland was owned by the Willis family in the 1800s. So as not to be confused with the Willis areas of upstate New York, this area was known as East Williston. The original borders of the area known as East Williston, stretched west towards Queens to Herricks Road; north to I.U. Willets Road; south to the Village of Mineola; and east to Bacon Road in Old Westbury.

The coming of the railroad in 1865 stimulated manufacturing in East Williston. The industries that grew as a result of the new train station included brick making, windmill making and carriage making. Henry M. Willis designed and built the popular East Williston Runabout Roadcart. This carriage had two wheels and two seats. Its soft suspension allowed comfortable travel over the rough roads of the time. There was also a feature which allowed the body to be locked to the axle, allowing the carriage to be used on the racetrack. Over 1,000 East Williston Runabout Roadcarts were built by Oakley and Griffin (who purchased the business from Willis in 1889).

The major east-west route, State Route 25B or Hillside Avenue, was formerly called East Williston Avenue, since it connected Queens with East Williston. A small portion of the area was incorporated in 1926 as the Village of East Williston. The East Williston Union Free School District was founded in 1955. In 1985, the residential and commercial core of East Williston collectively known as the East Williston Village Historic District was designated a national historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


U.S. Census Map

East Williston is located at 40°45′35″N 73°38′0″W / 40.75972°N 73.63333°W / 40.75972; -73.63333 (40.759688, -73.633225).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 493
1940 1,152 133.7%
1950 1,734 50.5%
1960 2,940 69.6%
1970 2,808 −4.5%
1980 2,708 −3.6%
1990 2,515 −7.1%
2000 2,503 −0.5%
2010 2,556 2.1%
Est. 2019 2,550 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,503 people, 833 households, and 717 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,447.5 people per square mile (1,725.7/km2). There were 846 housing units at an average density of 1,503.2 per square mile (583.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.25% White, 0.36% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.36% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 833 households, out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $109,111, and the median income for a family was $118,611. Males had a median income of $90,952 versus $44,861 for females. The per capita income for the village was $50,484. About 1.4% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.

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