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Roosevelt, New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Roosevelt, New York is located in New York
Roosevelt, New York
Roosevelt, New York
Location in New York
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town Hempstead
Named for Theodore Roosevelt
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total 18,066
 • Density 10,040/sq mi (3,930/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-63506
GNIS feature ID 0962860

Roosevelt (historically known as Greenwich and Rum Point) is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on the South Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 18,066 at the 2020 census.


The community is named for former President Theodore Roosevelt, but was also known as Greenwich and Rum Point for a time before that. Roosevelt has a long history of integration, having accepted black residents following the area’s housing boom after World War II. Notable residents of the community have included both Flava Flav and Chuck D. of Public Enemy, actor Eddie Murphy, Dr. J (Julius Erving), actor Charlie Murphy, singers Aaron and Damian Hall and radio host Howard Stern.

According to the 2010 census, the population of Roosevelt is 16,272. The median household income is listed as $68,625.


U.S. Census Map

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2). 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2) of it is land and 0.56% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 16,258
2020 18,066 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Roosevelt CDP, New York - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 326 343 2.01% 1.90%
Black or African American alone (NH) 9,873 8,519 60.73% 47.15%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 59 32 0.36% 0.18%
Asian alone (NH) 85 169 0.52% 0.94%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 5 11 0.03% 0.06%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 80 173 0.49% 0.96%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 282 413 1.73% 2.29%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 5,548 8,406 34.12% 46.53%
Total 16,258 18,066 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,258 people residing in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 13.90% White, 63.11% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 17.02% from other races, and 4.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.12% of the population.

Census 2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,854 people, 4,061 households, and 3,362 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,438.9/km2 (8,916.8/mi2). There were 4,234 housing units at an average density of 918.4/km2 (2,381.3/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 3.97% White, 79.02% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 8.33% from other races, and 3.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.22% of the population.

There were 4,061 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 30.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 12.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.88 and the average family size was 3.98.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 30.5% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,715, and the median income for a family was $56,380. Males had a median income of $30,694 versus $29,566 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,950. About 10.8% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Roosevelt School District

It is a part of the Roosevelt Union Free School District. Roosevelt High School is the district's high school.


The majority of Roosevelt is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Roosevelt Union Free School District. However, small portions of the hamlet's southwestern and southeastern corners are located within the boundaries of (and thus served by) the Baldwin Union Free School District and the Freeport Union Free School District, respectively. As such, children who reside within Roosevelt and attend public schools go to school in one of these three districts depending on where they live within the hamlet.

Additionally, the portion of the Meadowbrook State Parkway within the hamlet is located within the Merrick UFSD, the North Merrick UFSD, and the Bellmore–Merrick Central High School District. However, no homes in the hamlet are located in these areas.

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