Putnam Valley, NY

Putnam Valley profile

Living in Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 11,628 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Putnam Valley is the 161st largest community in New York.

Putnam Valley is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Putnam Valley is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Putnam Valley who work in office and administrative support (12.38%), management occupations (11.93%), and teaching (10.61%).

Of important note, Putnam Valley is also a town of artists. Putnam Valley has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Putnam Valley’s character.

Also of interest is that Putnam Valley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Putnam Valley 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, Putnam Valley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Putnam Valley 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 downside of living in Putnam Valley, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 39.12 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.

Even though Putnam Valley is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Putnam Valley are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.59% of adults in Putnam Valley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Putnam Valley in 2018 was $50,694, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $202,776 for a family of four.

Putnam Valley is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Putnam Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Putnam Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Putnam Valley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.95% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Putnam Valley include Italian, Irish, German, English, and European.

The most common language spoken in Putnam Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.