Introduction to Valley Cottage, New York

Valley Cottage, New York is 11 miles NW of White Plains, New York (center to center) and 26 miles N of New York, New York. It is located in Rockland county.

Valley Cottage History

John Ryder was the first settler in this area. According to records, the community was once known as "Storm's Corner". In 1876, the residents christened the area "Valley Cottage". One tradition claims the name was inspired by "Cottage Maid", a famous local trotting house owned by Ed Green. The West Shore Railroad station was established soon after, and in 1892, a post office was established. Valley Cottage is now a census-designated place included in the Town of Clarkstown.

Valley Cottage and Nearby Attractions

  • Pascack Historical Society Museum
  • Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Nyack Beach State Park

Things To Do In Valley Cottage

Valley Cottage has numerous historic sites including the Knickerbocker Ice Company, which was established in 1831, the mid 18th century Storms Tavern, and the Tolstoy Foundation of Valley Cottage, which was established in 1939 by the youngest daughter of Leo Tolstoy. The town is also home to the Nyack Beach State Park, and Rockland Lake State Park. Facilities for swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and golfing are available at the Rockland Lake State Park. Pascack Historical Society Museum, Old Stone House Museum, Schoolhouse Museum, and Haverstraw Brick Museum feature various artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The New Jersey Botanical Garden, the George Washington Bridge, and the Bergen County Zoological Park are the other popular destinations in the area.

Valley Cottage Transportation

Westchester County Airport is the nearest major airport.

Valley Cottage Higher Education

Colleges close to Valley Cottage are Marymount College, Sunbridge College, SUNY Westchester Community College, and Rockland Community College.


Total Population 10,191
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 4,765
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.3%
Median Earnings25+ $55,081
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,486
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,569


Median Family Income $115,573
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 5.3%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,627
Median House Value $387,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.5%
US/American 0.5%
English 4.2%
Irish 18.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley Cottage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of White Plains, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles N of New York, New York
County Rockland
Standard Zip Codes 10989
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.118
Longitude -73.955

Valley Cottage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bardonia 3,551 $144,250
Congers 8,698 $125,217

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley Cottage Public Libraries

Valley Cottage Free Library
110 ROUTE 303
Valley Cottage, New York
(845) 268-7700
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