Baxter Estates, New York

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The Village of Baxter Estates (also known as VBE) is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States (in the Town of North Hempstead). The population was 1,006 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Baxter Estates is located at 40°50′2″N 73°41′43″W / 40.83389°N 73.69528°W / 40.83389; -73.69528 (40.833975, -73.695246)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Baxter Estates owes much of its history to the homestead settlement of Cow Neck built in 1673 by John Betts and Robert Hutchings, this still stands on its original site at the corner of Central Drive and Shore Road, overlooking Manhasset Bay. In c. 1741 this property was purchased by Oliver Baxter, maps of the time show that, perhaps, an entire wigwam village may have been located on Baxter's land, this belonged to the Matinecock Indians.

The Baxters, who were shipbuilders, whalers and sea captains retained the property until the 19th Century; Hessian troops were quartered in the house during the Revolutionary War and, in 1895, the first library of Port Washington met in the parlor of the Baxter house on Shore Road. The residence is now a designated historic building.

The Village of Baxter Estates was incorporated in 1931.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,006 people, 376 households, and 262 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,574.4 people per square mile (2,157.9/km²). There were 386 housing units at an average density of 2,138.9/sq mi (828.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 84.00% White, 2.68% African American, 0.10% Native American, 7.16% Asian, 3.98% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.61% of the population.

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