Putnam Valley, NY
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Putnam Valley is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 11,698 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Putnam Valley is the 161st largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Putnam Valley are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Putnam Valley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Putnam Valley is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Putnam Valley who work in management occupations (14.49%), office and administrative support (11.11%), and teaching (10.27%).

Also of interest is that Putnam Valley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Putnam Valley is also a town of artists. Putnam Valley has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Putnam Valley’s character.

In addition, Putnam Valley is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Overall, Putnam Valley’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

In Putnam Valley, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.63 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small town, Putnam Valley has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Putnam Valley is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.28% of adults in Putnam Valley have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Putnam Valley in 2010 was $43,159, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $172,636 for a family of four.

The people who call Putnam Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Putnam Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Putnam Valley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.48% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Putnam Valley include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Putnam Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.