Putnam Valley, NY
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Living in Putnam Valley


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.

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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 management occupations (12.50%), office and administrative support (12.16%), and teaching (10.42%).

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.

Because of many things, Putnam Valley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Putnam Valley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Putnam Valley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Putnam Valley’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Putnam Valley is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Putnam Valley, the average commute to work is 38.00 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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. 43.79% 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 $48,712, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,848 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 12.30% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Putnam Valley include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

In addition, Putnam Valley has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.64%).

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