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Inwood is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 9,792 at the 2010 census.
Inwood is included among the Five Towns, an informal grouping of villages and hamlets in Nassau County on the South Shore of western Long Island adjoining the border with Queens County in New York City. Despite the name, none of the communities are towns. In addition to Inwood, the Five Towns is usually said to be composed of the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlet of Woodmere, and "The Hewletts", which consist of the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor and Hewlett Neck and the hamlet of Hewlett, along with Woodsburgh. The "towns" most commonly included as constituents of the "Five Towns" are all within the Town of Hempstead. Inwood is represented as part of the Town's 3rd District by Councilman Bruce A. Blakeman.
Inwood is located at 40°37′09″N 73°44′45″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (20.19%) is water. Inwood also has a park located on a bay with a launching pad into Mott's Basin. The park is called Inwood Park.
Inwood was first settled c. 1817 and was originally called North West Point, named after its geographic position in relation to the more central part of Far Rockaway, of which it was then a part. Its original settlers were Jamaica Bay fishermen, generally lawless and troublesome to other Rockaway residents. Soon after the American Civil War, the area became known as Westville. The first true road in the area, the Inwood end of Lord Avenue, was built when the neighboring village of Lawrence was developed.
When the first post office in the village was established on February 25, 1889, the name of the village was changed to Inwood; a post office named Westville already existed in New York State. By the time of World War I, a large part of Inwood's population was of Italian and Albanian extraction.
Inwood is home to the famous Inwood Country Club which was the site of the 1921 PGA Championship as well as the 1923 U.S. Open.
Inwood was the birthplace of Nassau County's first County Executive, J. Russell Sprague as well as Olympian Ray Barbuti.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,325 people, 3,041 households, and 2,253 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,488.4 per square mile (2,117.9/km2). There were 3,132 housing units at an average density of 1,843.4/sq mi (711.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 53.25% White, 25.87% African American, 0.42% Native American, 2.04% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 13.01% from other races, and 5.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.32% of the population.
There were 3,041 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 21.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.55.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,334, and the median income for a family was $48,345. Males had a median income of $36,788 versus $28,482 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,009. About 12.4% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.
Students attend Lawrence Public Schools, which also serves students from Lawrence, Cedarhurst and Atlantic Beach, and sections of North Woodmere and Woodmere.
The Inwood station on Long Island Rail Road's Far Rockaway Branch provides service to Jamaica Station with connections to Pennsylvania Station and Atlantic Terminal.
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