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 2017, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $24,858.

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 2013-17 was 14% in the region, slightly lower than both the statewide and national rate of 15%. For the region, this was a 3-point increase from 2000 to 2008-12 and another 1-point increase from 2008-12 to 2013-17. This was a greater increase than the state (which had no change), and the nation (3 points) from 2000 to 2013-17. The poverty rate in the City of Rochester was significantly higher at 33% in 2013-17, an increase of 7 points since 2000, greater than the increase in any of the individual counties in the region.

The 66,500 Rochester residents living in poverty accounted for 62% 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 2013-17 in Orleans (16%), followed very closely by Monroe and Livingston (both at 15%), 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
20002008-122013-17
United States12%15%15%
NYS15%15%15%
NYS (excluding NYC)10%11%12%
Region10%13%14%
Monroe11%15%15%
Surrounding Counties9%11%12%
Genesee8%12%13%
Livingston10%12%15%
Ontario7%10%10%
Orleans11%13%16%
Seneca11%12%12%
Wayne9%11%12%
Wyoming8%11%11%
Yates13%16%13%
Rochester26%32%33%
Batavia12%21%22%
Canandaigua9%11%*15%*
Geneva17%26%19%*

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
20002008-122013-17
United States33,899,81244,852,52745,650,345
NYS2,692,2022,814,4092,908,471
NYS (excluding NYC)1,023,2641,211,0491,260,183
Region119,209155,733161,532
Monroe79,311104,712107,481
Surrounding Counties39,89851,02154,051
Genesee4,4956,9527,362
Livingston6,0186,8338,497
Ontario7,10610,02810,343
Orleans4,3785,1946,169
Seneca3,6393,8253,752
Wayne7,92910,35110,541
Wyoming3,2633,9914,267
Yates3,0703,8473,120
Rochester54,71363,77166,486
Batavia1,8583,0753,136
Canandaigua1,0191,079*1,510*
Geneva2,0722,8002,038*

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
Up to 10% worse than NYS
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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
Equal to or better than NYS





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