Valley Stream, NY
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Living in Valley Stream


Valley Stream is a medium-sized coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 37,523 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Valley Stream is the 28th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Valley Stream 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.

Valley Stream is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Valley Stream is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valley Stream who work in office and administrative support (14.28%), sales jobs (11.33%), and healthcare (10.69%).

Because of many things, Valley Stream is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Valley Stream 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 village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Valley Stream has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Valley Stream’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Valley Stream is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Valley Stream, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.99 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Valley Stream is somewhat unusual for a village of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Valley Stream area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Valley Stream is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.59% of adults in Valley Stream have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Valley Stream in 2010 was $39,062, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $156,248 for a family of four.

Valley Stream is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Valley Stream home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Valley Stream residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Valley Stream also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.91% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Stream include Italian, Irish, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Valley Stream's cultural character, accounting for 34.79% of the village’s population.

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