Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

People with incomes below the poverty line, as a percentage of those for whom poverty status has been determined. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2018, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $25,465.

Why is this important?

The percentage of people living in poverty is a measure of the overall economic health of a region. It also indicates the level of need for social and government supports within the community.

How is our region performing?

The poverty rate in 2014-18 was 14% in the region, slightly lower than the statewide rate of 15%, but on par with the national rate. For the region, this was a 4-point increase from 2000 to 2009-13 where it has remained unchanged. This was a greater increase than the state (which had no change), and the nation (3 points) from 2000 to 2009-13. The poverty rate in the City of Rochester was significantly higher at 33% in 2014-18, an increase of 7 points since 2000, greater than the increase in any of the individual counties in the region.

The 65,000 Rochester residents living in poverty accounted for 61% of the poverty in Monroe County and 41% of the total for the region; these shares have declined a few percentage points since 2000, indicating a growth in poverty outside the City as well. Among the regional counties, poverty rates were highest in 2014-18 in Monroe (15%), followed very closely by Orleans and Livingston (both at 14%), while the rate was lowest in Ontario (10%).

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. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

People Living in Poverty
20002009-132014-18
United States12%15%14%
NYS15%15%15%
NYS (excluding NYC)10%12%11%
Region10%14%14%
Monroe11%15%15%
Surrounding Counties9%12%12%
Genesee8%13%11%
Livingston10%13%14%
Ontario7%10%10%
Orleans11%13%14%
Seneca11%12%12%
Wayne9%11%11%
Wyoming8%11%11%
Yates13%16%11%
Rochester26%33%33%
Batavia12%23%19%
Canandaigua9%11%*13%*
Geneva17%24%21%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: 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%.




Number of People Living in Poverty
20002009-132014-18
United States33,899,81246,663,43344,257,979
NYS2,692,2022,903,9822,797,985
NYS (excluding NYC)1,023,2641,250,1251,227,231
Region119,209161,324157,030
Monroe79,311108,469106,115
Surrounding Counties39,89852,85550,915
Genesee4,4957,4686,501
Livingston6,0187,9247,850
Ontario7,1069,98310,203
Orleans4,3785,3415,499
Seneca3,6393,9713,924
Wayne7,92910,37110,127
Wyoming3,2633,9804,092
Yates3,0703,8172,719
Rochester54,71366,31265,049
Batavia1,8583,4572,642
Canandaigua1,0191,164*1,314*
Geneva2,0722,6422,171

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: 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%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
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