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.

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 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%).

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.

In Valley Stream, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.99 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

Valley Stream also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.79%.

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