Valley Cottage

Valley Cottage is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Rockland County, New York, United States located in the eastern part of the Town of Clarkstown. The population was 9,269 at the 2000 census.

  • Valley Cottage Elementary School
  • Liberty Elementary School
    • Blue Ribbon Award - Winner (2000- 2001), Semi-finalists (2004)
    • New York State winner of International Reading Award
    • ING Unsung Heroes Award (2004) - Karne Andreasen’s “Turn on to Reading” program.
  • Rockland Lake State Park.
    • Knickerbocker Ice Company - Established 1831. Rockland Lake was known to have had the cleanist and purest ice in the area. Knickerbocker's Ice House No. 3, located at Rockland Lake, could store more than 40,000 tons of ice harvested from the lake. The wooden storehouse's walls were insulated with sawdust to keep the ice blocks frozen until they were shipped in the summer. By 1834 the company owned a dozen steamboats, 75 ice barges and employed about 3,000 to ship ice countrywide. Knickerbocker burned down in 1926. Knickerbocker's Ice House No. 3 in currently a Clarkstown town historic site.
    • Knickerbocker Fire House - Established 1862.
  • Tolstoy Foundation of Valley Cottage, founded In 1939 by Alexandra Lvovna Tolstoaya, youngest daughter of Leo Tolstoy.



Valley Cottage is located at 41°7′4″N, 73°56′33″W (41.117862, -73.942531).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.1 km (4.3 mi), all land.



As of the census of 2000, there were 9,269 people, 3,347 households, and 2,379 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 838.1/km² (2,168.7/mi²). There were 3,410 housing units at an average density of 308.3/km² (797.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.16% White, 3.59% African American, 0.09% Native American, 9.81% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.71% of the population.

There were 3,347 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,828, and the median income for a family was $87,123. Males had a median income of $51,718 versus $41,653 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,181. About 1.4% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.


People from Valley Cottage

  • Justin Garcia Army Spc. - Age 26, was killed Nov. 11, 2006. He was riding in a Humvee in Baghdad when it was hit by an improvised explosive device.


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