ACT Rochester
An Initiative of Rochester Area Community Foundation

ACT Rochester's purpose is to change the culture of community problem-solving and associated decision making through the use of credible, independent and timely data. This is accomplished when people LEARN about key issues, CONNECT with others in the community, and ACT to promote change. ACT Rochester is more than a warehouse for data. Staff is engaged in local initiatives to encourage the development of goals, targets and accountability so that our community can better identify and measure progress.

Click on a geography for community-specific data

ACT Rochester's Annual Report Card Event:
Reflecting on Our Past; Focusing on Our Future

Join us as we celebrate ACT’s 10 years as a trustworthy data provider, neutral convener and catalyst for change.

We will look back to see how the data, reports on poverty and race, community engagement, and expanded geography have informed and inspired discussion, debate, and more data-driven advocacy and decision-making.

What’s in store for the next 10 years? 
Are we ready to Achieve Community Targets?
Can we drive systemic and meaningful change together?



Where: Rochester Museum & Science Center Eisenhart Auditorium
When: April 4, 2019 | 8-10 AM

Click here for for a map of the RMSC campus and parking information.


This section provides analysis and data of critical topics in our community, including racial and ethnic disparities, poverty, and educational achievement.


Race and Ethnicity Indicators & Report
"Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area" examines the substantial gaps in educational and economic outcomes among persons of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.  


Poverty Indicators & Reports
These reports provide updates on poverty, self-sufficiency and efforts to lift communities across the nine-county Greater Rochester region.
  • Progress Report: A Roadmap for Change / Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
  • Benchmarking Rochester's Poverty / A 2015 Update
  • Poverty and Self-Sufficiency in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area


ROC the Future Indicators & Report
This section provides report cards tracking key measures of well-being for children and youth in the City of Rochester, from cradle to career.
Create your own Dashboard of Key Indicators

This section provides a quick, at-a-glance graphic summary of indicators for a variety of geographies and populations. Select the county, city or group of interest and display all indicators with available data, or a subset of your choosing. Dashboards can be created for racial and ethnic groups as well as regions, in order to show how different populations are faring. 


The Community Report Cards aggregate data from more than 100 community indicators on the site and use symbols, colors and arrows to provide a quick, at-a-glance overview of the well-being of the county. This data cover the topics of Arts, Culture and Leisure, Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Economy, Education, Financial Self-Sufficiency, Health, Housing, and Public Safety.

March, 2019 - Join ACT Rochester for the Annual Community Report Card Event - April 4th!! READ MORE
February, 2019 - Middle School Students Take ACT's "Hard Facts" Data on the Latest Leg of Their Learning Expedition READ MORE

February, 2019 - ACT Rochester Hosts Poverty Simulation for Greater Rochester Media Organizations READ MORE
December, 2018 - Latest U.S. Census Data Show Rochester Poverty Rate And Child Poverty Rate Increases READ MORE

August, 2017 - ACT Rochester releases latest race report READ MORE
June, 2016 - Pathways to Prosperity District Survey READ MORE

June, 2016 - Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in the Greater Rochester Region READ MORE
December, 2015 - Collaborative Release of Poverty Data 2015-2017 READ MORE

Click below to view interactive charts and full data on these featured indicators.
Community Vitality
Voter Participation Rate
in 2016

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Economic Security
People Living in Poverty
 of population
in 2013-17

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Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
in 2018

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Overall Housing Cost Burden
in 2013-17

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