Children & Youth

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The number of children under 18 living below the federally defined poverty line, expressed as a percentage of all children under 18. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2020, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $26,246.

Why is this important?

Children raised in impoverished environments are at higher risk for a wide variety of health and social problems, including poor performance in school. The challenges they face in childhood can diminish their chances for successful adult lives.

How is our region performing?

In 2016-20, 19% of children in the region were living in poverty, the same as the state rate and above the nation's 17%. The regional rate increased from 14% in 2000 and fell 2 points from 2011-15, less than the 5-point national decline. Child poverty was concentrated in the City of Rochester, where the rate was 48% in 2016-20, a 4-point decrease from 2011-15 but a 10-point increase from 2000. Children living in poverty in Rochester accounted for 68% of Monroe County's poor children in 2016-20, down from 78% in 2000; indicating growth in child poverty in suburban Monroe County.

Among the region's counties, child poverty was highest in Yates, 23% in 2016-20, followed by Orleans at 20% and lowest in Ontario and Wyoming (both 11%) .

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Children Living in Poverty
20002006-102011-152016-20
NYS20%20%22%19%
NYS (excluding NYC)13%14%17%15%
Region14%18%21%19%
Monroe16%19%23%21%
Surrounding Counties12%16%18%15%
Genesee9%16%20%14%
Livingston10%13%19%17%
Ontario10%12%14%11%
Orleans16%16%22%20%
Seneca16%22%16%12%*
Wayne11%17%19%16%
Wyoming12%16%17%11%
Yates22%24%22%23%
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester38%44%52%48%
Chili4%3%***7%*5%**
Mendon3%4%***4%***5%***
Sweden7%5%***8%***15%***
Brighton5%7%***7%***10%**
Webster (V)12%28%***53%*8%***
Brockport (V)7%8%***17%***12%***
Irondequoit7%17%12%*11%*
Fairport (V)3%8%***0%***30%***
Rush1%4%***6%***5%***
Spencerport (V)0%9%***8%***1%***
Henrietta7%8%***12%*14%*
Churchville (V)3%3%***10%***8%***
Riga2%9%***16%***12%***
Scottsville (V)2%7%***23%***40%***
Hamlin7%14%***13%**8%***
Pittsford3%5%***3%**1%***
Greece7%10%14%16%
Perinton3%4%**8%*7%**
Gates6%11%**16%*12%**
Penfield4%3%***4%**4%**
Pittsford (V)6%0%***2%***0%***
Wheatland7%3%***21%***30%**
East Rochester11%26%***33%**5%***
Parma6%10%***11%***8%**
Honeoye Falls (V)2%12%***4%***12%***
Webster4%6%**10%*5%**
Clarkson5%7%***17%***11%***
Ogden2%9%***5%**12%***
Hilton (V)3%11%***13%***15%**
Regional Cities
Batavia17%32%*33%23%*
Canandaigua10%21%**19%**12%**
Geneva27%27%**33%*24%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty
20002006-102011-152016-20
NYS915,710859,379929,921746,203
NYS (excluding NYC)343,954366,162408,755339,607
Region43,27749,23954,14845,530
Monroe29,37732,58636,90932,282
Surrounding Counties13,90016,65317,23913,248
Genesee1,4402,2032,5071,534
Livingston1,5051,7422,2881,851
Ontario2,4172,8733,0672,481
Orleans1,8171,4991,8761,526
Seneca1,2701,6561,097820*
Wayne2,8353,7753,8022,964
Wyoming1,2471,4071,370799
Yates1,3691,4981,2321,273
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester22,92723,05125,67421,879
Chili281178***468*316**
Mendon7891***100***100***
Sweden190120***161***339***
Brighton345517***465***653**
Webster (V)157358***754*62***
Brockport (V)8484***157***103***
Irondequoit7451,8441,261*1,029*
Fairport (V)4093***0***277***
Rush429***37***32***
Spencerport (V)073***64***10***
Henrietta545605***921*1,128*
Churchville (V)1813***42***34***
Riga37112***166***162***
Scottsville (V)1026***174***164***
Hamlin200314***285**142***
Pittsford199350***179**66***
Greece1,6101,9782,5583,029
Perinton384485**771*736**
Gates394652**900*578**
Penfield359259***339**330**
Pittsford (V)180***6***0***
Wheatland9226***208***294**
East Rochester179388***491**54***
Parma241386***419***338**
Honeoye Falls (V)1479***29***72***
Webster354633**1,042*427**
Clarkson86119***263***147***
Ogden127449***201**503***
Hilton (V)56162***195***266**
Regional Cities
Batavia6181,107*1,005622*
Canandaigua262506**374**227**
Geneva871721**812*494*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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