Valley Stream, NY

Valley Stream profile

Living in Valley Stream

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 37,431 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Valley Stream is the 28th largest community in New York.

Valley Stream home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Valley Stream real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

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 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 (14.76%), sales jobs (10.04%), and healthcare (9.53%).

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.

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.

In Valley Stream, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.69 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.

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: 39.45% of adults in Valley Stream have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Valley Stream in 2018 was $39,245, 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 $156,980 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 25.50% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Stream include Italian, Irish, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Valley Stream's cultural character, accounting for 35.35% of the village’s population.

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