Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

Median household income, inflated to 2018 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.

How is our region performing?

In 2014-18, median incomes in the region were highest among Asian and white residents, at $63,900 and $61,600, respectively, and lowest among Hispanic and African American residents, at $32,600 and $30,200, 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: $34,900 for Asians, $26,000 for African Americans, $23,500 for Hispanics and $41,300 for whites.

Within the City of Rochester, all groups saw double-digit decreases in median income from 2000 to 2014-18 after adjusting for inflation, with the sharpest drops for Asian (29%) and African American (23%) earners. Decreases were smaller for Hispanic (19%) and white (13%) earners.

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, 2014-18
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
United States$83,898$40,155$49,225$63,917
NYS$72,131$46,178$46,259$73,584
NYS (excluding NYC)$97,909$45,955$60,004$70,978
Region$63,918$30,182$32,606$61,627
Monroe$62,159$30,034$31,331$64,468
Surrounding Counties$76,247$31,858$36,191$58,391
Genesee$159,196******$28,750**$31,926$62,317
Livingston$59,583******$21,333******$44,531**$56,873
Ontario$85,905**$32,037****$35,773$64,845
Orleans$108,000**$45,938******$22,475******$52,620
SenecaN/A******$36,094******$35,172******$55,747
Wayne$89,205****$27,692****$50,195****$56,192
WyomingN/A******$47,639******$36,250******$58,065
Yates$33,438******N/A******N/A******$54,747
Rochester$34,850$26,038$23,497$41,262
BataviaN/A******$39,032****N/A******$48,319
CanandaiguaN/A******$17,014******$69,063**$49,728
GenevaN/A******$24,821**$35,200**$45,625

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 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
United States$78,238$44,348$50,758$67,354
NYS$68,432$47,273$45,969$72,628
NYS (excluding NYC)$167,464$98,299$107,425$127,072
Region$117,301$58,339$58,210$105,338
Monroe$76,131$38,162$36,411$73,926
Surrounding Counties$132,995$63,739$68,521$95,877
Genesee$56,145$37,883$36,032$62,023
Livingston$105,507$39,095$41,072$63,622
Ontario$74,985$41,980$34,608$68,165
Orleans$67,449$28,351$49,457$58,085
Seneca$73,478$50,356$73,243$56,327
Wayne$104,879$45,416$46,259$67,613
Wyoming$65,942$49,771$37,509$60,290
Yates$25,748$52,582$42,391$52,185
Rochester$48,802$33,642$28,885$47,493
Batavia$52,942$25,748$47,639$51,362
Canandaigua$54,638$14,602$43,962$57,031
Geneva$84,154$35,693$22,609$50,746

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 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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