Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

Median household income, inflated to 2020 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.

Why is this important?

Median household income is a gauge of overall economic health of the region and the financial resources of households.

How is our region performing?

In 2016-20, median household income in the region was $61,400, below the national median of about $65,000 and below the statewide median of $71,000. Since 2000, median income decreased in the region 9% after adjusting for inflation. The nation declined at a smaller rate (.4%) over the same period, while the state increased 5.5%.

Among local counties, Ontario had the highest median income, at $65,000, and Orleans had the lowest, at $53,000. Monroe and Orleans experienced the steepest declines in income from 2000 through 2016-20 (down by 11% and 10%, respectively), while Yates was the only county where the income grew modestly (2.8%). Most counties had an increase from 2011-15 to 2016-20, with Wayne having the largest in the region (12%).

The City of Rochester had a median income of $37,400 in 2016-20, substantially lower than every county in the region, and down 11% since 2000. Median income was higher than Rochester in Batavia ($49,900), Canandaigua ($48,100) and Geneva ($42,500).

Notes about the data

Figures for the region and surrounding counties were calculated by aggregating county medians based on each county's share of the region's population. Data are presented in 2020 dollars. 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. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Median Household Income
20002006-102011-152016-20
NYS$67,410$65,995$64,719$71,117
NYS (excluding NYC)$73,817$71,207$68,701$73,674
Region$67,428$60,893$57,075$61,376
Monroe$69,738$60,892$57,385$62,087
Surrounding Counties$64,371$60,863$56,754$60,254
Genesee$62,981$59,048$55,558$60,635
Livingston$65,349$61,351$56,491$60,248
Ontario$69,253$67,022$62,695$64,795
Orleans$58,989$57,046$50,622$52,958
Seneca$57,697$55,437$53,824$54,865
Wayne$68,597$62,386$55,469$62,003
Wyoming$61,976$59,434$57,397$58,746
Yates$53,813$55,573$54,063$55,307
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester$42,135$35,771$33,807$37,395
Wheatland$85,813$72,949$60,513$67,981
Spencerport (V)$88,316$71,402$68,474*$72,043**
East Rochester$60,929$53,854$50,780$55,438
Henrietta$79,354$69,730$67,441$69,367
Parma$82,628$75,495$71,695$74,965
Churchville (V)$85,996$67,877$64,425$71,250*
Riga$91,410$76,966$63,697$80,278
Honeoye Falls (V)$73,655$68,989*$66,882*$72,721*
Webster$91,261$79,198$76,422$76,373
Scottsville (V)$81,515$71,442$57,783*$60,469
Clarkson$83,015$73,972$73,725$62,701
Hamlin$77,654$70,367$62,669$66,419
Ogden$92,029$80,677$78,179$76,752
Pittsford$137,067$121,485$113,067$122,854
Hilton (V)$79,750$63,030$63,657$64,688
Chili$85,592$75,887$69,015$78,828
Greece$75,119$63,967$60,124$66,176
Mendon$118,638$107,208$96,104$116,151
Perinton$107,720$88,421$86,379$93,205
Sweden$68,588$62,458$54,462$51,952
Brighton$80,884$72,853$72,231$71,099
Webster (V)$60,044$44,214$38,991*$56,212*
Gates$71,008$60,149$54,622$64,839
Brockport (V)$57,585$50,926*$45,308$48,579
Irondequoit$70,336$61,343$59,266$63,647
Penfield$98,216$84,923$85,684$93,696
Fairport (V)$82,917$73,184$76,205$67,337
Rush$105,065$96,357$97,534$92,443
Pittsford (V)$94,053$99,715$91,871$107,200
Regional Cities
Batavia$52,017$44,535$45,408$49,850
Canandaigua$57,785$51,958$47,156$48,125
Geneva$49,090$44,262$43,678$42,472

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2020 dollars. 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%.











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