Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

Median household income, inflated to 2020 dollars, broken down by race/ethnicity. 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. Examining income for different racial and ethnic groups is important as a measure of inequity.

How is our region performing?

In 2016-20, median incomes in the region were highest among Asian and white residents, at $69,600 and $65,600, respectively, and lowest among Hispanic and African American residents, at $37,100 and $34,400, respectively. The income disparity between white/Asian and African American/Hispanic earners was similar to New York State and the U.S., but median incomes were higher for all groups at the state and national levels. Incomes were far lower for all groups in the City of Rochester: $44,500 for Asians, $29,000 for African Americans, $27,800 for Hispanics and $46,100 for whites.

Why do these disparities exist?

These large and persistent disparities in income are the result of historic and current policies and practices that disadvantaged people of color. Research has connected slavery and the inability of black Americans even after emancipation to fully participate in economic life to the wealth and income gaps still present today. Structural racism perpetuated by policies and practices that systematically disadvantage African American and Latino communities include inequitable education, low wages, job and wage discrimination, lack of access to capital, and globalization. Even when a recovery from the current economic crisis occurs, it is not expected to make up for the pre-existing racial disparities experienced over time unless policies are enacted to address these gaps.

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. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). 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, by Race/Ethnicity, 2016-20
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS$78,925$51,060$52,643$79,252
NYS (excluding NYC)$102,448$50,817$68,041$75,993
Region$69,642$34,400$37,122$65,590
Monroe$69,181$34,010$35,417$70,078
Surrounding Counties$78,185$35,379$45,790$61,088
Genesee$43,894*$40,872**$47,708*$62,196
LivingstonN/A***$29,821**$54,792***$61,075
Ontario$130,272**$28,510$43,977*$65,953
Orleans$110,903**$65,179***$47,031**$52,998
SenecaN/A***$42,188***N/A***$56,321
Wayne$91,750**$24,375***$45,875*$63,093
WyomingN/A***$53,266$51,100***$58,764
Yates$33,125**$16,472$54,375***$56,127
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester$44,452*$29,032$27,790$46,122
Scottsville (V)N/A***$35,588***N/A***$61,875
Hilton (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$64,956
Brighton$55,145*$38,544$75,089**$75,998
IrondequoitN/A***$48,243$38,478**$66,956
RushN/A***N/A***N/A***$96,696
Brockport (V)N/A***$31,594*N/A***$50,567
Gates$73,958*$65,539*$67,109**$65,659
Penfield$156,200***N/A***$63,984***$92,924
Churchville (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$69,188*
Spencerport (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$72,439**
Honeoye Falls (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$72,232*
Greece$66,042***$45,731*$43,750**$69,445
Perinton$86,118*$31,016***$81,250*$94,940
Chili$165,208*$53,056**$68,967***$80,705
Mendon$108,194***N/A***N/A***$115,483
Sweden$81,364$40,607***N/A***$55,354
Fairport (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$68,558
Webster (V)$86,083$35,417***N/A***$56,011*
Pittsford (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$107,841
HamlinN/A***$82,955***N/A***$66,362
Pittsford$236,806*$65,729***N/A***$120,090
ClarksonN/A***N/A***N/A***$61,958
OgdenN/A***$62,167*$48,214*$77,204
Webster$89,868*$51,557$59,038$75,965
Henrietta$52,222*$61,629$107,008**$74,056
RigaN/A***N/A***N/A***$80,440
East RochesterN/A***N/A***$67,925$54,575
ParmaN/A***N/A***N/A***$77,328
WheatlandN/A***$24,583***N/A***$68,726
Regional Cities
Batavia$28,309***$41,570**$44,239***$49,950
CanandaiguaN/A***$18,778$68,229***$49,420
Geneva$205,580***$20,462$30,525$47,417

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS$70,531$48,724$47,380$74,856
NYS (excluding NYC)$177,898$104,423$114,118$134,989
Region$124,609$61,973$61,837$111,901
Monroe$78,467$39,333$37,528$76,194
Surrounding Counties$141,281$67,711$72,790$101,850
Genesee$57,867$39,045$37,138$63,926
Livingston$108,744$40,294$42,333$65,574
Ontario$77,286$43,268$35,670$70,256
Orleans$69,519$29,221$50,975$59,867
Seneca$75,733$51,900$75,490$58,055
Wayne$108,096$46,810$47,678$69,688
Wyoming$67,965$51,298$38,660$62,139
Yates$26,538$54,195$43,692$53,786
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester$50,299$34,674$29,771$48,950
Chili$95,898$78,414$70,842$86,338
Sweden$126,862$59,892$53,401$69,130
Mendon$310,699$52,214$52,430$120,001
Clarkson$52,430$64,081$43,970$86,090
Webster$100,977$58,186$83,500$91,673
Hilton (V)$101,255$6,991$73,596$79,598
Ogden$26,127$145,147$82,740$92,088
East Rochester$17,477$28,740$73,513$61,484
Wheatland$40,779$97,371$40,131$86,041
Honeoye Falls (V)$60,198$33,012$52,430$75,473
Parma$101,255$106,414$73,208$82,489
Gates$99,521$81,397$105,292$69,017
Pittsford (V)$252,442$94,180$125,037$93,302
Penfield$153,495$125,512$140,443$97,008
Greece$101,051$58,256$72,705$75,405
Perinton$114,316$149,688$95,429$107,183
Pittsford$175,412$157,892$142,365$135,422
Hamlin$21,360$11,409$74,089$78,776
Scottsville (V)$40,779$47,576$40,131$82,622
Riga$37,624$55,666$70,555$92,409
Churchville (V)$100,006$95,151$83,500$85,442
Henrietta$78,018$88,355$56,152$80,360
Spencerport (V)$25,244$0$83,500$89,170
Brighton$70,031$66,994$59,825$82,588
Rush$111,795$116,027$79,616$104,084
Fairport (V)$132,046$124,368$40,779$83,986
Irondequoit$102,055$59,301$53,522$70,819
Brockport (V)$40,779$57,642$52,753$57,398
Webster (V)$65,874$38,109$48,935$60,198
Regional Cities
Batavia$54,566$26,538$49,101$52,938
Canandaigua$56,314$15,050$45,311$58,781
Geneva$86,736$36,788$23,302$52,303

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.











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