ACT Rochester
An Initiative of Rochester Area Community Foundation

ACT Rochester's purpose is to change the culture of community problem-solving and associated decision making through the use of credible, independent and timely data. This is accomplished when people LEARN about key issues, CONNECT with others in the community, and ACT to promote change. ACT Rochester is more than a warehouse for data. Staff is engaged in local initiatives to encourage the development of goals, targets and accountability so that our community can better identify and measure progress.

Click on a geography for community-specific data

Ten years ago, a group of visionary people and two leading nonprofit organizations decided to do a remarkably bold thing — they worked together to launch ACT Rochester. This robust “public utility” makes more than 100 community data indicators available to everyone on a nationally recognized website for free.

ACT Rochester is more than just a website. Over the past decade, it has become a facilitator and champion for change in our region. Its focus is and has been to help all of us learn, connect and then act. Using data, ACT Rochester has:

  • Initiated a series of cutting-edge studies on poverty and race, which led to major new community-wide initiatives to deal with these difficult issues;
  • Convened strategic roundtables of organizations and individuals wanting to discuss, explore and take action on significant community challenges;
  • Sponsored an annual Report Card Event to share key updated indicators on the health and well-being of our region; and
  • Increased understanding of poverty and the concentration of poverty through poverty simulations and informal discussions in the suburbs and surrounding counties.
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of ACT Rochester’s decade of impact!
ACT 10 Year Timeline

ACT Rochester's Annual Report Card Event:
Reflecting on Our Past; Focusing on Our Future

This year's Annual Report Card Event drew in an audience of more than 225 representing the government, business, nonprofit, faith-based and education sectors. The event focused on keeping data relevant, reflecting on accomplishments, and focusing on future “impACT.” As discussed during the event, you can find Our Community Report Card presentation here.


This section provides analysis and data of critical topics in our community, including racial and ethnic disparities, poverty, and educational achievement.


Race and Ethnicity Indicators & Report
"Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area" examines the substantial gaps in educational and economic outcomes among persons of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.  


Poverty Indicators & Reports
These reports provide updates on poverty, self-sufficiency and efforts to lift communities across the nine-county Greater Rochester region.
  • Progress Report: A Roadmap for Change / Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
  • Benchmarking Rochester's Poverty / A 2015 Update
  • Poverty and Self-Sufficiency in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area


ROC the Future Indicators & Report
This section provides report cards tracking key measures of well-being for children and youth in the City of Rochester, from cradle to career.
Create your own Dashboard of Key Indicators

This section provides a quick, at-a-glance graphic summary of indicators for a variety of geographies and populations. Select the county, city or group of interest and display all indicators with available data, or a subset of your choosing. Dashboards can be created for racial and ethnic groups as well as regions, in order to show how different populations are faring. 


The Community Report Cards aggregate data from more than 100 community indicators on the site and use symbols, colors and arrows to provide a quick, at-a-glance overview of the well-being of the county. This data cover the topics of Children and Youth, Community Vitality, Economic Security, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, and Public Safety.

September, 2019 - Common Ground Health Explores the "Food & Health Connection" READ MORE
August, 2019 - The Hispanic & Latino community in Monroe County READ MORE

April, 2019 - ACT Rochester's Annual Report Card Event: Reflecting on Our Past; Focusing on Our Future READ MORE
March, 2019 - Join ACT Rochester for the Annual Community Report Card Event - April 4th!! READ MORE

February, 2019 - Middle School Students Take ACT's "Hard Facts" Data on the Latest Leg of Their Learning Expedition READ MORE
February, 2019 - ACT Rochester Hosts Poverty Simulation for Greater Rochester Media Organizations READ MORE

December, 2018 - Latest U.S. Census Data Show Rochester Poverty Rate And Child Poverty Rate Increases READ MORE
August, 2017 - ACT Rochester releases latest race report READ MORE

Click below to view interactive charts and full data on these featured indicators.
Community Vitality
Voter Participation Rate
in 2018

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Economic Security
People Living in Poverty
 of population
in 2013-17

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Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
in 2018

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Overall Housing Cost Burden
in 2013-17

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