Putnam Valley is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 11,628 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Putnam Valley is the 161st largest community in New York.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Putnam Valley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Putnam Valley is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Putnam Valley who work in office and administrative support (12.38%), management occupations (11.93%), and teaching (10.61%).
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.
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.
Because of many things, Putnam Valley is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Putnam Valley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Putnam Valley perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Putnam Valley, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 39.12 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.
In Putnam Valley, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Putnam Valley is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
Putnam Valley is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.59% 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 2018 was $50,694, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $202,776 for a family of four.
Putnam Valley is a very ethnically-diverse town. 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 Black or African-American. 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 11.95% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Putnam Valley include Italian, Irish, German, English, and European.
The most common language spoken in Putnam Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.