Community Vitality
Tourism Spending

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Source: NYS Empire State Development

What does this measure?

The amount of money (in 2017 dollars) spent by visitors while in the region. This includes hotel bookings, fuel purchases, and other visitor expenditures.

Why is this important?

Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also increases regional pride.

How is our region performing?

Total tourism revenue for the region was over $1.6 billion in 2017, good for $1,368 in revenue per resident. This was lower than the statewide (excluding NYC) average of $2,089. When adjusted for inflation, tourism revenue peaked in 2007, at $1.7 billion, though 2017 was the year with the highest tourism revenue since 2008.

In 2017, Yates led local counties in tourism revenue by resident, at $2,577, and was the only county whose figure was higher than the state's (excluding NYC). Ontario was the next highest, at $1,942. The counties with the least tourism revenue per resident were Wayne ($453) and Orleans ($661).

Notes about the data

The figures are presented per county resident to allow comparisons among counties of different sizes, but the spending is by tourists. New York State data excludes the heavy concentration of tourism in New York City. This data comes from Empire State Development, which contracts each year with Tourism Economics for a study on New York State tourism. Wineries and other tourism attractions related to agriculture are not included as tourism in this data, which impacts many of the surrounding counties. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Tourism Revenue, per Resident
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$2,849$2,964$3,145$3,147$2,709$2,887$3,009$3,115$3,162$3,270$3,291$3,336$3,407
NYS (excluding NYC)$1,912$1,935$2,026$2,004$1,785$1,830$1,878$1,917$1,922$1,955$1,998$2,046$2,089
Region$1,260$1,351$1,423$1,377$1,267$1,287$1,309$1,304$1,319$1,324$1,337$1,351$1,368
Monroe$1,379$1,478$1,544$1,480$1,364$1,372$1,397$1,371$1,390$1,384$1,389$1,400$1,408
Surrounding Counties$1,073$1,151$1,234$1,215$1,114$1,152$1,170$1,197$1,205$1,228$1,253$1,272$1,303
Genesee$1,658$1,746$1,705$1,735$1,503$1,521$1,491$1,602$1,644$1,627$1,648$1,639$1,678
Livingston$649$657$697$691$645$654$677$772$752$765$779$818$827
Ontario$1,793$1,835$1,922$1,896$1,754$1,876$1,879$1,884$1,873$1,922$1,903$1,931$1,942
Orleans$408$607$612$581$530$551$590$583$573$580$608$639$661
Seneca$1,003$1,062$1,475$1,450$1,343$1,340$1,428$1,379$1,434$1,447$1,459$1,612$1,776
Wayne$507$500$488$434$393$379$385$409$407$427$462$452$453
Wyoming$870$854$915$911$887$872$909$915$935$973$1,043$1,108$1,142
Yates$1,502$2,164$2,680$2,639$2,410$2,556$2,554$2,525$2,552$2,574$2,716$2,513$2,577

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Tourism Revenue
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$54,510,019,048$56,627,930,016$60,175,272,999$60,461,597,246$52,302,730,933$55,952,802,012$58,746,829,702$61,128,922,514$62,338,352,158$64,666,809,931$65,232,729,614$66,166,817,377$67,633,067,126
NYS (excluding NYC)$21,255,196,113$21,497,608,835$22,522,383,438$22,338,544,043$19,948,340,834$20,503,829,888$21,098,101,661$21,553,120,449$21,630,932,970$21,997,566,910$22,448,370,042$22,956,750,691$23,448,035,959
Region$1,522,586,790$1,632,094,314$1,722,096,210$1,669,776,131$1,539,451,448$1,566,228,683$1,596,123,274$1,589,932,039$1,608,646,806$1,611,745,119$1,623,672,492$1,636,737,291$1,655,965,974
Monroe$1,018,125,311$1,091,402,879$1,141,125,800$1,096,445,457$1,013,696,315$1,021,612,324$1,044,228,158$1,025,887,293$1,042,944,454$1,037,470,571$1,039,570,228$1,046,061,089$1,052,563,570
Surrounding Counties$504,461,478$540,691,435$580,970,410$573,330,673$525,755,133$544,616,359$551,895,115$564,044,746$565,702,353$574,274,548$584,102,264$590,676,202$603,402,404
Genesee$99,601,807$104,602,771$102,175,301$103,939,673$90,057,209$91,185,214$89,316,747$95,687,988$97,267,097$95,665,638$96,551,762$95,324,697$97,224,778
Livingston$42,365,722$42,926,397$45,637,702$45,378,195$42,179,648$42,672,668$43,913,482$50,072,533$48,621,758$49,488,573$50,270,136$52,493,331$52,748,800
Ontario$186,985,267$192,014,314$202,197,814$201,501,029$188,082,587$202,808,103$204,052,337$204,620,141$204,373,686$210,274,557$208,263,392$211,626,735$213,469,552
Orleans$17,729,468$26,371,070$26,521,506$25,115,012$22,769,949$23,620,388$25,177,848$24,695,890$24,217,933$24,303,157$25,255,861$26,387,681$27,087,302
Seneca$35,269,417$37,419,708$52,299,407$51,290,447$47,401,117$47,229,926$50,438,004$48,735,630$50,538,101$50,495,623$50,798,805$56,060,558$61,253,337
Wayne$47,527,927$46,773,419$45,618,787$40,690,933$36,818,787$35,493,572$35,947,157$38,089,196$37,606,592$39,260,172$42,179,668$41,099,908$41,053,966
Wyoming$37,231,130$36,427,556$38,887,332$38,516,007$37,456,331$36,776,965$38,051,127$38,160,302$38,706,554$40,049,955$42,714,526$44,806,815$46,255,523
Yates$37,750,739$54,156,200$67,632,559$66,899,377$60,989,506$64,829,524$64,998,412$63,983,066$64,370,631$64,736,873$68,068,114$62,876,476$64,309,144

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 80% 2016 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 7% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.0 2014-16 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.7% 2015 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 18 2016 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.1 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 14 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,368 2017 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 81% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate 58% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
Registered Library Borrowers 63% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 6.0 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2016 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.9% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.6% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 26% 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 16% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
EITC Dollars $177 2016 1 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.5% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 5% 2017 2 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 3% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 73% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,538 2017 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 44% 2017 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,208 2017 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $15,778 2017 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 43% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 48% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 41% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.4 2016 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 685 2016 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 52 2017 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 17 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 214 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 28 2017 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 54 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.7 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 197.7 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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