Orleans County

General Overview

Situated between Rochester and Buffalo, Orleans County is among the smaller counties in the Finger Lakes region. Orleans was formed in 1824 from portions of Genesee County, and saw a large population increase shortly thereafter, due to the Erie Canal. Large portions of the county consist of farmland; other sectors driving the economy include Manufacturing and Government.

Orleans County has a declining population, one of the highest rates of single families in the region, and growing child poverty. However, prekindergarten participation is the highest in the region, and the high school graduation rate exceeds the region and state. While unemployment has been relatively high, growth in salaries has been strong.

See below to access the latest Orleans County Report Card, or a summary table of "Hard Facts" impacting this particular part of our region.

Available now, view and print a summary of how Orleans County is performing on ACT Rochester indicators.

Orleans County Report Card

The Orleans County Report Card aggregates 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 covers each of ACT Rochester's nine topic groups. Click on the picture below for the full report.

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"Hard Facts" About Our Community

In 2017, ACT Rochester released its latest race report, “Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area” to examine the substantial gaps in educational and economic outcomes among persons of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The table below highlights some of the disparities currently impacting residents in Orleans County.

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Note: Data research and analysis completed by the Center for Governmental Research