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Census data out this week shows the towns with the highest poverty rates and largest share of senior citizens among residents. The American Community Survey compiled data from 2007-2011. The five-year estimates are considered more precise than one-year estimates, though they are not as current. They are also useful because one-year estimates are not available for smaller populations, such as towns.

Monroe County’s poverty rate is 14.4 percent, according to the data.

Town Poverty Rates:

  • Rochester: 31%
  • Sweden: 18%
  • East Rochester: 14%
  • Henrietta: 11%
  • Irondequoit: 11%
  • Brighton: 10%
  • Greece: 9%
  • Gates: 9%
  • Wheatland: 9%
  • Parma: 9%
  • Hamlin: 8%
  • Clarkson: 7%
  • Perinton: 6%
  • Webster: 5%
  • Chili: 5%
  • Ogden: 5%
  • Riga: 5%
  • Pittsford: 4%
  • Penfield: 4%
  • Mendon: 3%
  • Rush: 2%

In Monroe County, 10.3 percent of households are made up of people 65 years old and older. Percentage of households made up of senior citizens in towns:

  • Gates: 15%
  • Brighton: 15%
  • Irondequoit: 14%
  • Penfield: 13%
  • Webster: 13%
  • Greece: 12%
  • East Rochester: 12%
  • Mendon: 11%
  • Riga: 11%
  • Perinton: 10%
  • Rush: 10%
  • Pittsford: 9%
  • Henrietta: 9%
  • Chili: 9%
  • Parma: 8%
  • Rochester: 8%
  • Wheatland: 7%
  • Sweden: 7%
  • Clarkson: 7%
  • Ogden: 6%
  • Hamlin 4%

Links of the Day:

– Ithaca’s mayor wants the state to legalize marijuana for medical use.

– Onondaga County’s district attorney took some heat for saying criminals are more likely to come from single-parent households.

Murals are not an economic development tool.

– The Robert Moses Parkway near Niagara Falls could get redone to make it more waterfront-friendly.

– Staff at the Syracuse zoo are used to delivering babies, but not human ones.

– Apple and Google have reportedly teamed up to buy Kodak patents.

2 Responses to Census: Town Poverty Rates

  1. Are you getting your census data by aggregate? Or do you have access to the raw counts by ZIP Code and/or Blockgroup?

    Can you link to the data you’re using? I’d be interested in mapping some of this data.

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