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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Valley Stream a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Valley Stream has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 39.15 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 education level of Valley Stream citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.

Valley Stream also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 35.63%.

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