Wesley Hills, New York

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Wesley Hills is a village in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Viola; east of Harriman State Park; south of Pomona and west of New Hempstead. The population was 4,848 at the 2000 census.

Joseph Berger of The New York Times said in a 1997 article that Wesley Hills was one of several Town of Ramapo villages formed by non-Jewish people and more secular Jewish people "to preserve the sparse Better Homes and Garden [sic] ambiance that attracted them to Rockland County."[3] A decade after the New York Times 1997 article, Wesley Hills retains it's upscale, upstate, "foothills of the mountains" ambiance but has integrated itself seamlessly with Monsey NY, its predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighbor on its northern border. While no official count is available, about a third of this community attends one of the half dozen traditional Jewish synagogues in the area.

Geography

Wesley Hills is located at 41°9′21″N 74°4′31″W / 41.15583°N 74.07528°W / 41.15583; -74.07528 (41.155795, -74.075257)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.30% is water.

The current mayor is David Goldsmith. He was elected in March 2008.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,848 people, 1,430 households, and 1,272 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,444.3 people per square mile (557.1/km²). There were 1,474 housing units at an average density of 439.1/sq mi (169.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 88.30% White, 4.95% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.52% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.71% of the population.

There were 1,430 households out of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.4% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 8.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.37 and the average family size was 3.58.

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