Valley Stream, NY
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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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valley Stream who work in office and administrative support (15.65%), sales jobs (11.72%), and healthcare (9.70%).

Valley Stream is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Valley Stream’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Valley Stream is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 39.16 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: 37.45% of adults in Valley Stream have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Valley Stream in 2010 was $37,726, 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 $150,904 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 25.19% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Stream include Italian, Irish, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.

Valley Stream also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.89%.

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