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, Valley Stream isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Valley Stream are a mix 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.
Because of many things, Valley Stream 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, Valley Stream really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Valley Stream 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.
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 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.
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 overall 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, and the average American community has 21.84%.
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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Valley Stream's cultural character, accounting for 34.20% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Valley Stream is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.