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The land was originally inhabited by the Leni Lenape Indians, until a treaty with English settlers was reached in 1643. The town was established in 1644, thought to be named after either Heemstede, the Netherlands, or Hemel Hempstead, England.
Today, Hempstead is a sprawling, large area, though not officially recognized as a town. However, it has a population of 760,000 inhabitants, a number that - if it was made a city - would make it the 16th largest in the United States, and the 3rd largest in New York, though it is notable that Hempstead lacks the structure, feel, and workings of an actual city.
People Born in Hempstead
Hempstead in People's Lives
Natalie Portman: I took dance classes here, from about 1995 - 1998. I studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop.