Economic Security
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity

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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
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
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
Gates$73,958*$65,539*$67,109**$65,659
Penfield$156,200***N/A***$63,984***$92,924
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
Scottsville (V)N/A***$35,588***N/A***$61,875
Hilton (V)N/A***N/A***N/A***$64,956
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
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*
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
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
Greece$101,051$58,256$72,705$75,405
Perinton$114,316$149,688$95,429$107,183
Hamlin$21,360$11,409$74,089$78,776
Scottsville (V)$40,779$47,576$40,131$82,622
Pittsford$175,412$157,892$142,365$135,422
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
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
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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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 78% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8.4% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.9 2017-19 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.8% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 19% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2016-20 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 20 2020 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 1.8 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 1.3% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 12 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $894 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Recreation Spending $52 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 64% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Registered Library Borrowers 58% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.4 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0.8% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 1.9% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Population by Age 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $61,376 2016-20 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 13% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 1.7% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 24% 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Females Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Households Receiving SNAP 13% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Female Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $173 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs -8% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 12% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 60% 2016-20 2 -1
Decreasing
Prekindergarten Participation 58% 2020 3 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $23,561 2020 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,983 2020 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 2021 0 -1
Decreasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2021 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 4% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 35.3 2019 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 693 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Maternal Health, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 2.5 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $143,640 2016-20 1 1
Increasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $896 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.3 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 28% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 32% 2016-20 3 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households 47% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 9% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 170 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2020 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 57 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 8.7 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 130.1 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,731 2019 0 1
Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0.68 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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