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 37,962 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.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Valley Stream is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (16.88%), sales jobs (10.33%), and healthcare (8.98%).
Also of interest is that Valley Stream has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Valley Stream is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Valley Stream, the average commute to work is 37.31 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Valley Stream use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Valley Stream‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Valley Stream citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.98% of adults in Valley Stream have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Valley Stream in 2010 was $33,303, 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 $133,212 for a family of four. However, Valley Stream contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 29.30% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Stream include Irish, German, Haitian, and English.
Valley Stream also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.20%.
The most common language spoken in Valley Stream is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.