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 37,673 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 (16.33%), sales jobs (10.72%), and healthcare (9.59%).

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 39.15 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.

For the size of the village, public transportation in Valley Stream is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Valley Stream, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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: 35.72% of adults in Valley Stream have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Valley Stream in 2010 was $35,017, 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 $140,068 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 29.51% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Stream include Irish, German, Haitian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Valley Stream's cultural character, accounting for 35.63% of the village’s population.

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