Community Vitality

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Source: New York State Library

What does this measure?

Visits to libraries within an area in a year, per person residing in the area.

Why is this important?

Community libraries have evolved into much more than a place to just borrow books. For many, libraries provide crucial online access for students, job seekers or others who may need information. Libraries also provide free or low-cost children's programming that builds early literacy skills and foster a life-long love of learning and community. Many libraries have become community gathering places for senior citizen groups, civic organizations and sometimes serve as satellite offices for easy access to state and local government functions, such as renewing a driver's license or applying for a passport.

How is our region performing?

Regionally, there were 5.4 visits to the library per capita in 2019, greater than 5.2 statewide and down a bit from its peak rate of 7.1 in 2009 and 2010. Within the region, Orleans County had the greatest rate (6.8) followed by Genesee (6.1). Ontario County, at 4.6 visits per capita and Yates at 4.0, were the lowest. The greatest rate changes since 2000 were in Livingston where the rate has doubled and in Genesee County where the rate has declined 44% over the same timeframe.

Notes about the data

Library visits includes visits by residents and non-residents of the area. Total population reflects the population within the library service areas in the city, county or region.

Library Visits
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
NYS5.95.85.85.86.56.66.76.66.96.96.86.66.46.25.85.65.65.45.35.2
NYS (excluding NYC)6.06.16.46.47.37.47.57.37.57.77.77.57.37.37.06.76.66.46.26.1
Region6.26.46.66.26.56.66.86.86.97.17.16.96.56.96.56.26.05.95.65.4
Monroe6.57.07.16.56.97.17.47.37.47.67.77.47.17.66.96.46.15.95.85.5
Surrounding Counties5.55.25.65.75.75.75.75.76.06.26.05.85.65.65.85.75.95.85.45.3
Genesee10.810.910.410.19.38.28.58.38.58.68.58.36.67.17.07.36.86.46.46.1
Livingston2.22.32.32.42.32.62.83.13.53.83.73.83.74.75.15.15.04.24.34.7
Ontario5.14.95.75.85.96.06.26.26.46.66.35.95.55.15.15.35.75.74.84.6
Orleans4.53.43.83.83.73.84.24.44.54.74.74.85.54.86.16.58.07.47.56.8
Seneca5.15.45.76.07.37.27.98.17.98.65.15.54.86.08.85.65.86.06.15.3
Wayne5.55.45.56.26.67.16.46.56.96.56.76.66.76.76.56.06.46.66.05.9
Wyoming6.35.96.85.15.35.04.64.44.85.25.14.95.15.04.94.84.94.84.64.7
Yates6.44.95.67.15.85.74.95.45.86.76.56.15.54.84.34.14.34.34.04.0
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester6.57.57.56.56.66.36.86.67.47.58.07.98.58.88.88.17.27.06.46.2
Regional Cities
Batavia9.79.79.49.39.39.19.69.49.79.79.79.39.49.49.39.48.78.78.27.4
Canandaigua5.95.37.87.87.87.98.38.38.38.36.74.24.03.55.45.46.56.75.85.7
Geneva4.44.54.54.64.75.65.45.46.06.06.16.36.55.43.53.74.45.24.64.0

Source: New York State Library
Notes: Figures per residents living in chartered service area




Number of Visits
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
NYS51,577,60753,561,63854,311,64054,708,93379,875,44381,074,58281,661,62772,747,59575,929,35976,867,73775,189,59272,939,96272,802,00169,904,77165,886,36063,886,76763,432,12361,738,05360,726,15158,676,004
NYS (excluding NYC)27,007,74428,078,56529,485,02430,106,93255,426,43656,047,06956,574,79645,839,72747,808,72549,382,41349,165,90048,048,39747,896,93047,949,99846,072,95444,077,09743,561,10742,351,83741,469,05740,309,343
Region6,490,8666,962,0617,177,5326,863,9527,094,1117,333,5117,609,4617,573,7817,771,5097,965,9908,007,0847,741,7067,517,3087,926,7997,494,8637,078,3206,939,4236,783,9226,512,1926,298,104
Monroe4,594,5205,093,0545,173,3014,766,0255,001,0305,184,1335,433,1675,349,1185,424,8205,534,3445,633,9315,428,7095,237,7685,629,1885,100,2314,753,1474,505,4114,388,7024,248,0774,093,151
Surrounding Counties1,896,3461,869,0072,004,2312,097,9272,093,0812,149,3782,176,2942,224,6632,346,6892,431,6462,373,1532,312,9972,279,5402,297,6112,394,6322,325,1732,434,0122,395,2202,264,1152,204,953
Genesee430,678435,237414,402402,262370,521358,800369,434363,565372,786374,435370,813364,187283,379305,853302,117314,111292,410293,162290,229278,080
Livingston108,419117,015118,237122,655120,259131,890141,358156,480184,670198,677195,941197,722196,587248,723272,708273,650266,472224,322230,805250,616
Ontario423,103430,306505,983513,925519,105548,363567,999588,631611,677623,178595,604559,149567,215523,048522,096544,445583,226587,999509,567499,436
Orleans175,121139,749154,813155,134149,957156,950174,465181,872183,058191,104192,110195,402221,044193,328242,984260,190319,206293,691297,358271,621
Seneca77,96479,98283,71188,229108,079106,537116,831118,781116,836126,62396,707104,394112,993142,791209,367132,503138,851141,652146,013125,414
Wayne391,760401,792414,207467,159497,713532,823516,856525,409560,592565,893578,647568,492580,757586,818562,647525,937553,891577,719524,556512,947
Wyoming160,527158,729192,920196,011202,334191,717176,823166,142183,440199,256194,266184,882190,136186,200181,984179,824180,207176,872171,831173,320
Yates128,774106,197119,958152,552125,113122,298112,528123,783133,630152,480149,065138,769127,429110,850100,72994,51399,74999,80393,75693,519
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester1,501,9541,638,4751,655,1401,424,1391,440,8441,391,7701,496,1451,442,8441,632,8371,652,4591,766,0401,730,8181,786,7941,862,5631,848,7211,697,8821,517,5761,465,9621,354,3141,310,650
Regional Cities
Batavia186,523186,065180,850178,275179,709175,033184,321181,028186,291187,353186,620179,374179,864179,035177,702180,110166,802165,541155,614142,053
Canandaigua128,140125,331185,142186,200185,203187,909197,931198,298198,050198,650160,000100,000102,14389,467139,565139,652168,427173,257150,182147,787
Geneva74,72275,46975,84678,12179,00095,00096,00097,000106,850107,000108,000112,320113,84495,00060,66265,27576,62891,43780,76569,964

Source: New York State Library











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