Valley Stream, New York

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Valley Stream, New York

Introduction to Valley Stream, New York

Valley Stream, New York, in Nassau county, is 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York and 15 miles E of New York, New York. The village is located in the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. Valley Stream has a population of 36,368.

Valley Stream History

The land that is currently occupied by Valley Stream was purchased by Dutch settlers from the local Rockaway Indians in 1640. However, the area did not witness any development over the next two hundred years. According to records, 20 families were living in this region in 1840. Most of these families owned large farms. Since the residents had to trek to Hempstead to pick up their mail, local general store owner Robert Pagan lobbied for a post office. The postal authorities approved his request and agreed to set up a local post office, provided it had a unique name. This led Mr. Pagan to select the name Valley Stream, based on the fact that the village had valleys on its northern side and streams towards the south.

Valley Stream and nearby Attractions

  • Valley Stream State Park
  • Hendrickson Park
  • Rock Hall Museum
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Belmont Park Race Track

Things To Do In Valley Stream

Valley Stream State Park offers facilities like picnic areas, playground, biking trails and playing fields. The Hempstead State Park offers facilities like horseback riding, a boat launch, picnic areas, tennis courts and playing fields. One should also visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum, which has aircraft and aviation exhibits, as well as an IMAX theater.

Valley Stream Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.

Valley Stream Higher Education

Nassau Community College, Adelphi University, CUNY Queensborough Community College and St John's University are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

Valley Stream strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Valley Stream Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% Valley Stream Racial Diversity
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Valley Stream Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Valley Stream Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Valley Stream, New York

Comparing Valley Stream to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 6
Senior Citizens 9 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Racial Diversity 7 9
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
College Educated Adults 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5
People Living Alone 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Housing Recently Built 1 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

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Valley Stream Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11580, 11581
P.O. Box Zip Codes 11582
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.664
Longitude -73.708

Valley Stream Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 67 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
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Valley Stream Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 36,368 100%
Male 17,363 47.7%
Female 19,005 52.3%
Under 18 8,559 23.5%
18+ 27,809 76.5%
65+ 5,920 16.3%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 3.37
White 28,654 78.8%
African-American 2,714 7.5%
Asian 2,496 6.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 54 0.1%
Other 1,509 4.1%
Mixed Race 924 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,463 12.3%

Estimated Valley Stream Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 35,799
Growth -569
Growth % -1.6%

Valley Stream Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 31.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 24%
Irish 12.7%
German 7.3%
US/American 3.3%
Polish 3.1%
Russian 1.9%
Greek 1.8%
Haitian 1.7%
English 1.6%
Jamaican 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.7%
Egyptian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Guyanese 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
African 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
European 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Valley Stream, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Woodmere (11581)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Valley Stream 36,368 $72,585
Hewlett 7,060 $74,259
Hewlett Bay Park 484 $200,001
Lynbrook 19,911 $75,023
Malverne 8,934 $87,197
North Valley Stream 15,789 $77,914
Woodmere 16,447 $103,402

Valley Stream Public Libraries

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
Valley Stream, New York
(516) 825-6422

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Valley Stream Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(516) 256-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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