THE SCOOP. Rockville Centre is home to more than 400 businesses, recreation areas, houses of worship, Molloy College and Mercy Medical Center. The Diocese of Rockville Centre is here as well.

The village has its own police department and operates its own utilities, including electric and water. "The village is very self-sufficient," says resident Richard McQuillan, owner-broker of Exit Links Realty.

"We have a thriving downtown," says Mayor Francis X. Murray, noting occupancy is at 96.5 percent. There are about 50 restaurants, with more on the way. Helen Esposito of Century 21 Sherlock Homes notes there's lots of good shopping.

Village projects include road work and the repair of athletic fields. The renovation of the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex was funded by Molloy College on land donated by the village, Murray says.

Residential areas feature mostly Colonials, Tudors and Victorians, as well as apartment buildings, condos, co-ops and senior complexes.

"The market is very strong . . . There are bidding wars if a house is priced right," McQuillan says.

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CONDOS. One listed for $309,000.

CO-OPS. 51 listings between $89,000 and $359,000

RENTALS. 15 listings (includes apartment buildings and single family homes), $1,200 to $5,000 a month

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SALES PRICES. According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, from June 1, 2012, to July 20, 2013, there were 211 sales with a median price of $593,000. The low was $122,199 and the high was $1,425,000. From July 1, 2011, to July 20, 2012, there were 177 sales. The median price was $575,000, with a low of $99,500 and a high of $1,675,000.

ATTRACTIONS. The Rockville Centre Recreation Center; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; Mill River Complex Park; Tanglewood Preserve

BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 3.3 square miles

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ZIP code: 11570

Population: 24,035

Median age: 43.5

Median household income: $112,620

Median home value: $590,000

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LIRR time to NYC: 35 minutes to 43 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $276

School districts: Most students attend Rockville Centre; others go to Oceanside or Baldwin

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI