The national poverty rate went down in 2013, but not in Monroe County.
The 2013 poverty threshold for a family of four was $23,834.
Census data released Thursday shows the following about Monroe County’s poverty rate for all people:
- 2013: 15.8%
- 2012: 15%
- 2011: 16.7%
- 2010: 15.4%
- 2009: 13.4%
In 2013 in Monroe County, 11.5 percent of families lived in poverty. One in five families with children lived in poverty. Nearly half of all single mothers with children under 18 – 46 percent – lived in poverty. (That’s up from 42 percent in 2012 and the same as 2011.) Among children under 18, 23.9 percent live in poverty. Among people 65 years and older, 6.7 percent live in poverty.
The City of Rochester’s poverty rate was 35.4 percent, up from 2012, but virtually the same as 2011. Rochester had the highest poverty rate among the state’s big cities.
Median household income has barely budged:
- 2013: $51,665
- 2012: $51,365
- 2011: $51,562
- 2010: $52,694
- 2009: $54,491
Census data on health insurance was also released. In Monroe County, 7.1 percent of people have no health insurance, a figure that has remained relatively steady over the past five years.
Help Fight Poverty
If you’re disturbed by the above poverty statistics, there’s a way you can help. I am thrilled to be the honorary chairperson of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley’s 5k Race and Walk on October 26. This organization helps women and girls become economically self-sufficient. Please consider joining my team. I bet we’ll have some great conversation walking through Genesee Valley Park! You can also make a donation large or small. Click here for my team page.
Links of the Day:
– The Syracuse mayor’s house was burglarized. Note to thieves: Even mayors have the “Find my iPad” app.
– Can’t we make the people who use the Tappan Zee Bridge pay for it? (I realize they do already, but it’s clearly not enough)
– The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, where Susan B. Anthony, Booker T. Washington and FDR spoke is about to be dismantled and modernized, rankling preservationists.
– The race for New York governor is now officially goofy.
– Los Angeles schools are returning a grenade launcher to the federal government. But they’re keeping the rifles and armored vehicle. Wait…what?
– CPS visited the home of an Austin woman. Why? Her kids were playing outside alone.
– A friend of mine communicated with Darien Lake via a cake. She actually got a response…via a cake.